Tyneside on Film

The River Tyne runs through the veins of Geordies the world over and this very special Tyneside on Film screening takes us on an astonishing film journey through time to reveal the people, the places, the industries, the great events as well as our everyday lives which together make Tyneside the great place it is today.

Covering over 90 years of footage, Tyneside on Film is the opportunity to look back and see global superstars Laurel and Hardy visiting Tynemouth; the resilience of the people in Gateshead during the Second World War, the ships that grew from the yards, a day at the races, The Hoppings, local television news stories  and so much more – all presented at the Tyneside Cinema by the North East Film Archive team.

This new Tyneside programme is part of North East on Film, a project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund to ensure we preserve, digitise and create opportunities for everyone to see and enjoy archive film collections made in or about communities across the North East of England.    For Tyneside on Film, the Archive team have created a whole medley of new material for audiences to enjoy, with amateur and professional films, travelogues, animation and Tyne Tees TV clips never seen before on the big screen all brought together to tell the story of Tyneside communities on both sides of the river.

North East Film Archive Manager Graham Relton said:

“NEFA are delighted to return to Tyneside Cinema with more films from the vaults. In this Tyneside collection we want people to laugh, cry and be amazed at some of the things they can see onscreen and which happened right here on their doorstep over the decades. Our greatest challenge is what to leave out rather than what to include, but we’re confident we’ve curated a screening that has something for all, whether you’re a Geordie or not!”

Take a trip with Scott Dobson as he goes in search of Geordie - and some Pease Pudding - in his 1975 Tyne Tees TV documentary or relive the celebrations to mark the centenary of the Blaydon races in 1962. Meet local characters like Sarah McGuire who at 81-years of age makes a 3am start to bake the loaves and stotties at her bakery in North Shields or join a young sporting hero Brendan Foster for an early morning run from his Gateshead home.

Holli Keeble, Tyneside Cinema’s Chief Executive Officer said:

“We had fabulous reactions to the North East Film Archive events over the last few years, with over 1000 people coming to see the first Newcastle on Film screening. Much of what we do at Tyneside Cinema celebrates the rich history of film and the heritage of our building as a former newsreel theatre, and so we’re delighted to welcome NEFA back for their new Tyneside on Film programme. Every time we share this material with the public it gets a great response - it’s a perfect opportunity to take part in a collective experience, to share stories and take a trip down memory lane.”

The Tyne flows through the screening with a travelogue down the river narrated by local born actress Flora Robson, who takes us underground to the mines and riverside to the bustling Quayside Market. Be mesmerised by the building of the iconic Tyne bridge, reflect on the far-out fashions of the swing sixties as we reopen Newcastle’s famous Handyside Arcade and see if you can spot anyone in the Great North Run in the 1980s.

So, in true Scott Dobson style, howay, get yorsel doon to the toon for Tyneside on Film this October - it’s a civic duty for all Geordies!

The screenings take place at the Tyneside Cinema on Wednesday 10th October at 3.30pm and 6.10pm.  On Thursday 25th October at 1.30pm there will be a special Dementia Friendly screening of the programme.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/film-and-events/view/tyneside-film or by calling the cinema’s box office on 0191 227 5500.

Tyneside Cinema is located on 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 6QG.