This is a Billingham Film Unit production for ICI General Chemicals Division, filmed at the Billingham Cassel Works, with titles and commentary by Frank Phillips. The film documents the process for extracting sodium from sodium hydroxide, a process originally devised by Hamilton Young Castner (1858-98), as mentioned in the commentary.
Billingham Film Unit feature on weather experiments that use ICI Billingham-made dry ice.
A short ICI Billingham Film Unit documentary that discusses how recent improvements to ICI plant machinery and chemical processes have helped to dramatically decrease pollution.
An artist is commissioned to paint a mural about PVC and pays a visit to ICI to see what it is. This sponsored documentary covers the discovery in 1838 of polyvinyl chloride, the history of PVC, its invention, creation of polymers in chemistry labs, and some of its applications many years later, all hung on the narrative of an artist’s investigation to inform his work.
A documentary and educational film produced by the ICI Film Unit on the role of the engineer in the development of industrial production, building on the research of the chemist and physicist and making experiments practical on an industrial scale. The film records a student's progress through university, including a whiz through non-academic activities to illustrate the benefits of university, a summer apprenticeship schemes at ICI Wilton works, and internship programme in Canada. The final continues showing the student at work with a post-graduate student, conducting an experiment with an early analogue computer, taking his final exams and eventual graduation. The film ends with him now a junior engineer supervising other students.
ICI film promoting a work study scheme to help improve ICI efficiency during hard economic times. Includes excellent non-industrial sequences that illustrate some of the products manufactured with ICI materials, such as nylon (a woman with stockings), domestic scenes including valves for the TV, Formica tables, plastic ashtray, hoovering a carpet, scenes in Stockton market, haymaking, and men on ships during stormy weather, to illustrate "pulling together." A commentary accompanies the film.
Billingham Film Unit cine magazine that presents an overview of Imperial Chemical Industries' (ICI) history and development in Billingham and along Teesside.
Billingham Film Unit cine magazine that records a summer sports meeting at the Synthonia Club; and secondly, a short-form documentary describing the importance of nitrogen to ICI's operations.
ICI Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine of three industrial news items. Firstly, a record of the training of analytical laboratory assistants in the ICI Education Department. The second item follows the construction and operations for an ammonia filling station in Singapore. The third feature documents the Billingham process of capturing nitrogen.
Billingham Film Unit cine-magazine with two short bulletins documenting ICI staff at leisure and an industrial chemical science process: Sporting June records the Billingham Synthonia Club sports and gala day in June 1948, and Making Sulphuric Acid follows the industrial process stage by stage, with animated graphics and commentary to camera.
Billingham Film Unit cine magazine feature on the Research Department’s considerable importance on the ICI Billingham site, set out as if responding to workers’ complaints: “I’d like to know just what goes on there – if you ask me it’s a waste of space and building materials”. Chemists put an electron microscope and an X-ray diffraction camera to use to advance ICI production methods.
ICI Billingham Fim Unit cine magazine bulletins produced to entertain and inform. Firstly, "Making the Miner Safer Still" dicusses new safety improvements underground in the anhydrite mines; secondly, a short film about the presentation of awards for long service with ICI Billingham.
An incomplete edition of the Tyne Tees Television political programme Commercial Break in two parts transmitted 31 March 1988. The first relates to a company in the region that produces clubman sports cars and includes footage of one of the cars racing along country roads. The second, and longer, section looks at the town of Consett and what is being done to develop industry and job prospects since the closure of British Steel in 1980.
A sunbather falls asleep in this silent comedy short and wakes up to discover a ghostly double has come to life to taunt him. Produced by Middlesbrough amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown, this is an example of a ‘trick’ film where simple camera effects are used to create the impossible on screen. The film was intended to illustrate the effect of too much sun, namely dehydration and delirium.Tom Brown plays both characters in the melodramatic acting style of early silent cinema.
A comedy produced by Tyne Tees Television and originally transmitted on the 26th January 1968 that follows the adventures of Tony; a young man down on his luck as he tries to make a better life for himself. The film follows him falling in love with a young woman, gets a job in a factory and being lead-astray by two layabouts he meets in a pub. The film ends at La Dolce Vita nightclub where Tony wins roulette as well as the woman’s affections. The film also includes a number of dream sequences where Tony invents water and has a James Bond type adventure.
This Tyne Tees Television documentary was originally broadcast on 14 October 1963, the first year of the newly formed Newcastle University. The production follows two students, Christine Hughes and Derek Sutton, as they throw themselves into student life: academic life in the lecture room and laboratories, examinations, graduation ceremony and leisure time. The film contrasts traditional elements of student life such as buying academic gowns, residential halls and dining etiquette, along with student clubs and recreation - Morris dancing, sailing, sports, the student newspaper, the Courier. Includes footage of the Fine Art, Naval Architecture, and Physics departments, along with shots of the new Herschel physics building, designed by Sir Basil Spence and opened in March 1962.
A promotional film by Turners Film Unit for the North East Development Council, which records the North East’s recent industrial, commercial, social and cultural successes to encourage businesses and families to move to the region. Includes footage of education, art and entertainment, shopping, and industry from Northumberland down to Tees Valley.
This Turners film production sponsored by Sunderland council highlights the advantages of the Sunderland region as a place to live, commercial centre and location for industry. The film documents Sunderland’s successful industries, such as engineering, shipbuilding, Pyrex glass manufacturing, and tailoring, and promotes Sunderland Corporation’s redesign of residential, educational and business centres. Footage includes excellent shots of Sunderland’s famous glass blowers, scenes from the launch of the 'Montrose,' slum clearance, and construction of the Derwent Reservoir. Includes voice-over and music soundtrack.
Film sponsored by Northumbrian Water Authority to promote the activities of pollution monitoring at the Water Research Centre (WRC) in Northumberland. Hidden away in a non-descript riverside shed is a high-tech water monitoring facility where live rainbow trout are used to detect changes in river pollution.
A promotional film made by Northumbria Films for the Sunderland and South Shields Water Company. The film follows a Mrs Green whose water supply is cut of due to a broken pipe. She and her daughter visits the companies office in Sunderland and are taken a tour of the Burnhope Reservoir and Ryhope Pumping Station to show the work the company does to make sure she gets ‘crystal clear’ water through her taps.
A promotional film produced by The Charter Film Group to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the granting of a Charter to Hartlepool by King John in 1201. The film documents services provided by Hartlepool Council such as housing, emergency services, transport, and leisure facilities. Footage includes material on the local industries shipbuilding, fishing and magnesium production in the Hartlepool area.
A compilation of amateur cine club films documenting various corporate and social events: dominoes, cards, football, bowls, a beach picnic at Druridge Bay, the annual flower show and barbeque, and bonfire night at the clubhouse in Byker. The film also includes visits to a number of local water plants at Whittle Dene and Warkworth.
Promotional film for Scott and Turner's Delrosa rose hip syrup, which depicts the harvesting, production and health benefits of the product. Includes footage of children paid to pick rose hips, and women working in the Delrosa factory at Coxlodge, Fawdon, on Tyneside.
An amateur film made of a visit to Newcastle and Northumberland by a delegation from Czechoslovakia. The film records their visits to schools and colleges, an opencast mine and power station, the new town of Killingworth, and to the construction sites for Newcastle Civic Centre and the Tyne Tunnel. They also visit a number of tourist attractions including the Farne Islands.
This promotional film was made for Gilbert Ash (Northern) Ltd., Darlington, and features footage of the opening of six blocks of high-rise council flats at Shieldfield in Newcastle upon Tyne, April 1961. The opening section contains shots of the interiors of the new tower blocks. The remainder of the film is a work study that shows the planning, design and construction of the high rise flats and the techniques used to reduce the time in construction of multistory housing. The footage is accompanied by voice-over that describes the planning and construction stages in detail.