On the 50th anniversary of the great American civil rights leader Martin Luther King’s visit to the University of Newcastle in 1967 to receive an honorary degree, North East Film Archive remembers an amazing discovery of a rare TV interview with Dr King, which cast fresh light on black British broadcast history. Who was the forgotten pioneer who got to meet his hero on that day?

There is not a dull moment in the calendar as this time of year seems to get busier and busier.  Halloween is over, but it is followed on very quickly with Bonfire Night on 5th November.  In the past, we also had to get through Mischievous Night – the evening before Guy Fawkes night – when children, mainly in the north of England, traditionally played small tricks on the neighbours. 

YFA's new DVD - Hull on Film - is now available to buy!  The DVD is priced at £10 (plus postage and packing), and all proceeds from sales go straight back into the preservation of the films – so every purchase helps to safeguard more of our region's film heritage.

The Yorkshire Film Archive are launching their new Heritage Lottery Funded project, ‘Hull on Film’, creating access to the rich film heritage collections of Hull held here at the YFA.  We are now advertising the contract for delivery of the project, which includes screenings, events and an online exhibition.  

The much-loved face of TV news in the north east for more than 40 years, Mike Neville, has died at the age of 80. Born in Willington Quay in 1936, he launched his broadcast career with Tyne Tees Television in 1962. He later became the presenter of BBC Look North and Nationwide, known for his easy-going style and ability to ad-lib through any crisis in the TV studio.

August: lazy days full of sunshine, family holidays, exploring unfettered by time - or a month of inclement weather where we scramble to find entertainment for another wet afternoon.  We may groan - discussing the weather is a national pastime - but our impressive coastline is perfect to enjoy at all times ... just don’t forget to pack a mac, umbrella, and jumper along with your sun cream. 

We're delighted to launch our second programme of Moving North: Coastal film screenings - and this time we'll be travelling up the North East coast to a variety of venues, starting at the Whitley Bay Festival Playhouse for Whitley Bay Film Festival 2017 on Monday 28th August.

With films made by cine enthusiasts and local filmmakers recording the lives and landscapes of our coastal communities, and television footage of more recent years, these images reveal an astonishing record of the people and the places we know so well: distant in time and tempo.

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