“Each clip was charged with nostalgia. I’m so deeply grateful.” - Our screenings of Hexham On Film for the Tyne Valley Film Festival
We were delighted to be asked back to the beautiful Forum Cinema in Hexham once more to deliver our Hexham On Film programme.
Screening to two full houses on Tuesday 26th March, our archive manager Graham led a 400-strong crowd through scenes of Hexham itself, Corbridge, Allendale, the Roman Wall and other areas across Tynedale, dating all the way back to the early 1900s.
Screening as part of the Tyne Valley Film Festival, feedback for Hexham On Film was terrific, and we were overjoyed to talk to so many people who knew relatives, people, communities and workplaces featured in the programme.
We’re very privileged to be able to protect and preserve our collections so that they can be viewed by our and future generations. Watching our audience at Hexham On Film, we saw the sheer emotion seeing footage of places we know can illicit. There was delight, tears, and lots and lots of laughter and its always a joy to be able to present the precious films which create those reactions.
We’ve created a list of some of the films featured in the Hexham On Film programme below. Take a tour – if you were there, these are the fuller versions of the films we presented, and if you weren’t able to make it on the night, then have a look and maybe you can see something familiar that sparks a memory.
“Excellent. Had a lot of laughs, enjoyed recognising places and events. Commentary was excellent too!”
“Well chosen, informative and entertaining.”
“Nostalgia becomes more powerful with age. Each clip was charged with nostalgia. I’m so deeply grateful.”
“Good to see old films of Hexham and some old fashions – which unfortunately I do remember…”
We’ve entertained thousands of people at our North East On Film screenings over the last year, and there’ll be many more chances to see our programmes at special events across 2019. Coming up we have screenings on Teesside, Saltburn-By-The-Sea, Durham, Northumberland and more. Find out about them at http://www.yorkshirefilmarchive.com/screenings-and-special-events
We’re proud to receive support for North East On Film from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, allowing us to find, preserve, digitise and present this treasured archive film of where we live.
WATCH SOME OF THE FILMS FEATURED IN THE HEXHAM ON FILM PROGRAMME
Have a look at the following selection, and then why not have a search of our online archive to see what else you may find? Just type what you’re looking for in the search bar at the top of this page.
HEXHAM POINT-TO-POINT MEETING AT STELLING, NEAR HEXHAM, 4TH APRIL 1931 (1931)
This compilation of 1930s documentary film includes a short piece on a Hexham Point-to-Point horse race for hunting horses and amateur riders, which took place on 4 April 1931 at Stelling, near Newton, Northumberland. Also included are landscape shots of the waterfall on Devil’s Water, near Hexham; holiday footage in the Lake District; and a record of a grouse shoot, which may have taken place in the North East. This amateur film is part of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA) collection.
EYES IN THE NIGHT (1938)
This amateur drama, with location shoots around Hexham, Northumberland, pits two farmers against each other over a right of way on their land with disastrous consequences. The dispute turns violent and threatens the romance between their son and daughter, but is resolved when the crime is blamed on a gipsy. This film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
A RIVER SPEAKS (1956)
A travelogue, narrated by the South Shields born actress Flora Robson, looking at the history, culture and industry of the Tyne Valley. It contrasts the Roman heritage and rural economy of the western settlements, including Hexham and Corbridge, with scenes of life and work in the Newcastle & Gateshead conurbation. The industrial settlements between Newcastle and the coast are discussed, with a particular emphasis on the shipbuilding industry.
An amateur film showing various street scenes around Hexham dating from around 1960. It is possible the film was made as part of a re-development and pedestrianisation project in the town at that time.
A KIND OF HEAVEN (1964)
A Tyne Tees Television documentary on the masculine love of angling. 4 million men in Britain see angling as 'a kind of heaven'. The film looks at the many different types of angling available and how men become interested in the sport. The film also looks at some of the industries surrounding fishing and also how pollution and industrial development are affecting fish stocks.
TOM PICKARD. NORTHUMBRIAN POET (1969)
Documentary by the Durham University Film Group on working class Northumbrian poet Tom Pickard and the international centre for poets in Morden Tower, Newcastle, founded by the poets Connie and Tom Pickard in March 1964. A narrator describes Pickard’s move to Northumberland, survival as a poet, his influences and events at the Morden Tower poetry centre. The venue has hosted readings by celebrated poets that include Basil Bunting in 1965 and the American beat poets, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gregory Corso. Footage includes a performance by Alan Jackson and the Living Mythology blues jazz group
NORTHUMBERLAND: A NEW LIFE (1970)
A promotional film made for Northumberland County Council to encourage people to move to Northumberland. The film uses case studies of three families recently moved to the area. These include the Richardson family from Whitley Bay, the Target family from Killingworth and the Randall family from the Tyne Valley near Hexham. The film explores issues of housing, industry, shopping, nightlife, leisure activities and education.
ALL TIMBER (1970)
An amateur film made by John Martin Jackson of tree felling at Monk Wood near Whitfield in Northumberland and transportation to the filmmaker's sawmill in Hexham. Features footage of operations at J.M. Jackson's Bridge End Sawmill in Hexham and lumberjacks taking part in a number of woodcutting competitions at the Northumberland County Show, Corbridge.