Tyneside On Film – more dates announced for January 2019!

Wednesday 10th October was the 90th birthday of Tyneside’s beloved north east icon the Tyne Bridge, and it also happened to be the first day we visited Newcastle’s Tyneside Cinema to showcase our brand new Tyneside On Film programme.

Over the course of three screenings, hundreds of people watched our portrait of life on the Tyne over the last 90 years. The programme included footage of the construction of the Tyne Bridge, Laurel & Hardy at Tynemouth, Muhammad Ali in South Shields, wartime in Gateshead and the swinging sixties in Newcastle. 

The audience response has been fantastic:

“It was excellent. Well presented with passion.”

“I loved just everything - pure joy and tears all mixed up.”

“Fantastic - really worth the journey from Whitby, North Yorkshire.”

“I enjoyed the mixture of the special and the ordinary throughout the films and the variety of subject matter.”

“Hearing about the history and the anecdotes increased my curiosity about Newcastle and, as an immigrant, a bit of a sense of belonging to this land.”

If you missed out on getting a ticket first time around, we’re heading back to the Tyneside Cinema once again.  You can see Tyneside On Film on Wednesday 23rd January 2019, at 3.00pm and 6.10pm.

BUY TICKETS NOW AT www.tynesidecinema.co.uk/film-and-events/view/tyneside-on-film


As a taster, or if you attended the screenings and wanted to see more, please visit the links below to watch the complete versions of a small selection of the films presented.

North East On Film is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Amateur newsreel footage that documents the visit of famous cinema comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy to Tynemouth in July 1932 for a civic reception. 

TOWN MOOR (1934)
An amateur documentary of the annual Hoppings travelling fair on the Town Moor, Newcastle upon Tyne, featuring the 1934 Northumberland Plate race meeting at Newcastle Racecourse in Gosforth Park.

An amateur film in both colour and black and white, filmed and edited by John W. McHugh of the Gateshead Police Photographic Unit. Shot in June 1944, the film shows many of the community activities taking place in both Saltwell Park and the Shipcote Baths in Gateshead as part of the government “Holidays at Home” initiative during the Second World War.

A travelogue narrated by the South Shields born actress Flora Robson, looking at the history, culture and industry of the river Tyne from the Tyne Valley to Tynemoith. 

Filmed Tyne Tees Television inserts for a programme on the fashionable scene that centres on the Handyside Arcade on Percy Street, Newcastle upon Tyne, made at the height of the boutique boom of the 1960s.

This Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news feature, originally broadcast on 28 January 1977, is about 81 year old Sarah Maguirem, who has run her bakery in North Shields for 45 years. 

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


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!

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