This amateur film documents the 1952 Travers Trophy cross country motorcycle trials (also known as Travelers Trophy) starting from St John's Chapel in Weardale. The trials were organised by the Newcastle and District Motor Club, becoming one of the classic events in the North of England. This film was commissioned by St Andrew's Motor Ltd. (SAM) from members of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA), including George Cummin and George Henderson.
This amateur film documents the Belmont Jubilee Motorcycle Scramble at Belmont Park in Durham on Saturday 19 July 1953. The film was commissioned by St. Andrew's Motors (SAM) and produced by George Cummin with members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
An amateur film produced by George Cummin in which his character 'SAM' (based on the acronym for St. Andrews Motors) looks back at various motorcycle and car rallies that took place around the region in 1955: a veteran and vintage car rally from Whitley Bay to Newcastle upon Tyne, Weardale’s Arthur Emerson Memorial Trial motorbike scramble event, the first ever Catterick Garrison Hill Climb, North Yorkshire, featuring racer Angela Brown in an Aston Martin and the Belmont Senior Grand National Scramble at Belmont Park, Durham.
This amateur travelogue focuses on rural and picturesque (non-industrial) locations along the River Wear, from source in the Upper Weardale hills to the industrial river mouth at the North Sea, and the coastline from Tynemouth to the Roker lighthouse. Footage includes sequences on farming in Upper Weardale, fluorspar mining, quarrying for ganister stone, quilting in the dales, church architecture, Durham Cathedral, Raby and Brancepeth castles, Durham Regatta and the famous Durham Miners' Gala at its most popular. This film was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production, probably led by George Cummin.
This 1977 compilation was made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). It consists of extracts from the cine club’s films, documentary footage of film shoots and studio work, and presentations at the club, from the club’s first decade through to the 1960s.
An industrial film produced by the British Gas Engineering Research Station that looks at the work of the test facility at Bishop Auckland in County Durham. The facility is equipped to carry out various tests for safety and reliability including evaluation, calibration and assisting in the development of components in the gas industry. The films follows the procedures carried out in preparing for a specific test.
This amateur sponsored footage of sidecar racing and motorcycle scramble races (with and without sidecars) at Belmont Park, near Durham, was filmed for St Andrews Motors, a dealership for Norton and Vincent motorbikes on Gallowgate in Newcastle upon Tyne. Motorcycle marques in the races include Ariel, BSA and Norton. The film was produced by George Cummin and colleagues at the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). Belmont Scrambles took place in April and July 1957.
In October 1961, 75 hardy motorcycle riders gear up for the rough-and-tumble of the national Travers Trophy cross-country motorcycle trials (also known as Travelers Trophy) from St John’s Chapel, Weardale, organised by the Newcastle and District Motor Club. One of the earliest “scramble” competitions, the Travers started up in 1921, with endurance trials and hill climbs pictured here in old lead mine country, the riders on now classic British machines. The film was commissioned by the promoters, St Andrew’s Motors, and produced by George Cummin (Conway Films) and members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The commentary is by George Cummin.
This amateur film documents a 1960 safety rally run from Durham Light Infantry’s Brancepeth Camp in County Durham. Some of the competitors were also members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). Vehicles are observed at various points on the rally route and marked on their adherence to the Highway Code. At the finish, cars are tested on reversing into an enclosed space. This film may have been a commission, produced by George Cummin with film units from Newcastle & District ACA.
This short narrative holiday film is by amateur filmmaker and member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), George Cummin, and his wife Norah Cummin. George and Norah take a week’s holiday at a cottage in Weardale, County Durham. George decides to make a film of the holiday and settles down to write the script, but is not inspired. Whilst his wife rambles, gardens and does the housework, George repeatedly falls asleep in a deckchair and fails to script the film. On the last day he finally decides on the title and rewards himself with a nap.
Compilation of outtakes and trims from various films produced by George Cummin with members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) between 1952 and 1967. Also contains brief production scenes from two ACA productions: “A Fishing Tale” and “Sound Effects”.
The Lambton Film Group made this amateur film about adults who join a course in filmmaking at Lambton Castle Adult Education College, including a man who is endlessly late for everything. Contains footage of the students filming courses taking place at the college including cookery, dance and archery classes. The students are tutored by veteran amateur filmmaker George Cummin, a member of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
This short fiction film features Oakenshaw Welfare Drama Group as members of the cast and was produced by amateur filmmakers Keith Venn and George Coates. A group of local picnickers are enlisted as sleuths when a villainous gamekeeper and his accomplice are discovered to have stolen an aristocrat’s necklace and try to escape. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection. Keith Venn was a long standing member of Newcastle ACA and the IAC (Institute of Amateur Cinematographers).
A round-up of the 1951-52 season FA Cup and Amateur FA Cup qualifying football matches played at Willington, Crook and Tow Law, local County Durham teams in the Northern League. This is believed to be an amateur production and forms part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
Amateur film documenting Oakenshaw residents and events in the early 1950s. Footage includes local supporters of Willington AFC in the run up to a match against Saltaire; a women’s charity cricket match in support of the Easington Pit Disaster Fund, 1951; the Durham Miners Gala in 1951 and Coronation celebrations in Oakenshaw in 1953. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection, believed to have been filmed by Keith Venn and George Coates.
Amateur compilation of 1950s holiday footage, which includes scenes filmed in Morecambe, at the Hoppings fair on the Town Moor in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tynemouth, various locations in Scotland, and on the Holy Island, in Northumberland. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
Compilation of amateur film from various trips in the 1950s and early 60s. Includes footage shot in London at a visit for an Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC) national event and at Heathrow Airport, family outings to Brancepeth Castle, County Durham, and Matfen in Northumberland. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
This costume drama was produced by Arthur G. Greaves and the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). It tells the story of the tragic romance of Lady Olga Rivers and Paul Beverley, friends since childhood. In the 16th century, during the reign of Henry VIII, Lady Olga’s father is executed and an evil Duke seizes her home and land, and demands that she marries his son. Lady Olga instead seeks refuge in a convent with her lady companion and sends word to Paul who has taken up his post as Admiral in the King’s fleet. Paul Beverley returns to rescue his lover. Locations used in the film include Durham Castle and Cathedral.
Miscellaneous amateur film footage from the 1950s and 1960s in the collection of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). Includes outtakes of a Durham Miners’ Gala in the late 50s and the Centenary of the Blaydon Races in 1962, and surreal staged scenes (suggested as “dreams”) including a chess game in a suburban road between two women, which may be sequences from ACA film production shoots.
Miscellaneous footage and outtakes in the collection of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), filmed between the 1930s and 1960s. Includes film of a Christmas performance on stage at the cine club’s headquarters down Ship’s Entry, Newcastle upon Tyne, and various caravan footage, including a trip to Whitley Bay and a Caravan Club of Gt Britain and Ireland event at a racecourse.
A road trip soon takes a sinister turn for a woman who stops at a lonely, rural petrol station on the A19 and finds herself in the driving seat with an unwelcome passenger. Claustrophobically-framed shots inside the car and quick cutting rack up the suspense in this well-made amateur thriller. This film is a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
A well-dressed wife cheats on her husband during a holiday alone in Tynemouth and plots to keep the fur coat she receives as a gift from her young lover. Her husband indulges in a little subterfuge of his own. This amateur drama was a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production. It was commended by the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC) and Scottish Amateur Film Festival in 1953. Film locations include Durham railway station and the Park Hotel, Tynemouth.
An amateur film made by Milton Newton of the 140 mile Blaydon Course as part of the British Cycling Federation National Road Race Championship. Starting from Blaydon Rugby Club the film shows riders completing four laps of the course travelling through Blaydon-on-Tyne then west to Riding Mill, south to Kiln Pit Hill and Carterway Heads and then north and east to Shotley Bridge and back to Blaydon. The final part of the film shows various prizes being awarded to the winner by Newcastle United Football Club centre-forward and Scottish International player Frank Brennen. The winner of the race is Bill Bradley from South Port (West) who is given a bicycle frame as a prize.
An amateur film by Derek Mathieson about the Lily Laundry Ltd which was based on Russell Street in Darlington.
A short promotional film by Derek Mathieson for the RAC / ACU motorcycle training scheme in Darlington. The film shows pupils learning to handle various types of motorbike at a training centre and out on the road around the town.