A kind young boy is conned into giving away his mother’s money on the way to the shops. This touching amateur fiction was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production, directed by Joe Clark.
This amateur instructional film, with a staged scenario involving a film scriptwriter and toothache, is one of several made on small-gauge film by the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) as an introduction for new members, and probably as a filmmaking exercise itself.
An amateur film by Harry Leighton shows the preparation and the day’s events at the annual Shiremoor and District’s Children’s Gala for 1974. Known locally as the Children’s Treat, the event has been organised by miner’s families since 1907. The film begins with views of organisers and volunteers preparing the ‘Treat’ field for the big day. A procession follows behind a brass band leading them onto the showground where children are present a box of cakes. There are views of many of the events and activates taking place during the day including sport and dancing as well as a fun fair. The film ends with the day coming to an end and people heading home.
An amateur film by Harry Leighton of the annual Shiremoor and District’s Children’s Gala taking place in 1980. Known locally as the Children’s Treat, the event has been organised by miner’s families since 1907. The film begins with a number of marching bands leading the crowds along Earsdon Road onto the ‘Treat’ field. Local comedian Bobby Thompson also features opening the event. Following the presentation of cakes to the local children the film records many of the sporting and musical events and displays taking place on the field as well as a nearby fair.
A romantic comedy written by David Stephenson and directed by Michael Gough made in and around Sunderland about a lonely man (Jim Rowell) who joins the Match-A-Mate Marriage Bureau to find love. The film follows him on a series of disastrous dates before realising that the woman who works at the agency (Linda Gough) is the woman for him. The film ends with the two of them getting married in church.
A home movie made by Michael Gough of a family Christmas featuring his wife Linda and two children. The film begins with them playing in the snow and Linda and the children making Christmas pudding. After being put to bed Santa arrives to deliver all their presents and the film ends with the extended family opening them on Christmas morning.
A children’s animated film produced by Michael Gough about a young boy called Charlie Clyde who is never satisfied and so runs away from home. While on his adventure he falls into a stream and is swept away by the current. Realising his terrible mistake and wishing he was at home in bed, he is rescued by a man and his dog. The film ends with him tucked up in bed with his favourite teddy bear having learned his lesson.
A home movie by Michael Gough of a family holiday to Holland accompanied by a street organ musical track. During their holiday they visit a number of traditional markets in towns such as Gouda and Edam and take part in a flower festival in the town of Rijnsburg. The film ends with a trip on the canals around Amsterdam and the family feeding pigeons.
This well-made, partly staged, amateur film by Leonard and Jean Winter documents their daughter’s 7th birthday party and Leonard’s performance as a magician for the children. Leonard and Jean Winter were members of the Cleveland Cine Club. The film was probably shot at their home in Lancaster Road, Linthorpe, Middlesbrough. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
The gender roles are reversed in this 1950s short amateur film by Leonard Winter that stages a narrative scene for the camera on a family’s seaside holiday with his wife and daughter, camping at St Crispin’s Camp. Leonard Winter was also involved in the Cleveland Cine Club. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
A home movie made by Bob Wrightson recording a number of family occasions and family trips. The film begins by focusing on a young family with small children playing in the garden and posing with extended family. They are also filmed enjoying a day on the beach and visiting a traction engine rally, possibly Washington in Tyne and Wear.
An amateur fiction film made by Bob Wrightson telling the story of a young girl, Pauline, who goes in search of berries in the fields around the village of Murton in Country Durham. While on her journey she is chased by an older boy who is wearing a pair of tights over his head. However, she is saved by a group of small children who come to her rescue and chase the boy away. The film ends with her continuing her journey and picking berries before making her way home.
Two short amateur films by Kenneth Osborne-Grant begins with a holiday to Brighton including views of airplanes taking off. The second film shows a wedding in which the guests are filmed arriving, the bride and groom being photographed and then being driven away.
Amateur footage filmed by George Bond of a street party down Ocean View in Whitley Bay to celebrate the Queen’s Silver Jubilee in May 1977.
An amateur film made by Victor Sidney Carman of various events of relevance to him taking place during 1951. The film records a family trip to the beach at Whitley Bay and views of terraced streets both in Wallsend and Batley in West Yorkshire where children are filmed playing in empty plots possibly the result of World War Two bomb damage. Nurses pose with children at a hospital near Morpeth and a boy takes a bike ride near Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. The film ends with crowds looking over two Royal Navy ships moored along the Newcastle Quayside.
An amateur film made by Victor Sidney Carman showing various views of the city of Durham. The film also shows a family celebrating Christmas and a Christmas pudding with a sparkler in it.
A home movie made by Victor Sidney Carman of a Christmas party taking place inside a prefab house in Wallsend in around 1951. The film begins with a woman laying out a Christmas goose on the table. The family are also seen eating both the main course as well as cakes and sandwiches with tea. A group of children are seen dancing and playing together in a room. Back around the table they all eat again. The film ends with a man waltzing around a room with a girl.
An amateur film made by Victor Sidney Carman of family events taking place during 1952. There are family scenes, including a children’s birthday party, taking place in the garden of a family’s prefabricated house in Wallsend as well as a family trip to St Mary's Lighthouse and Spanish City funfair at Whitley Bay. The film includes views of the Newcastle Quayside at night with traffic crossing the lit up Tyne Bridge.
A home movie made by Victor Sidney Carman begins showing various scenes around Jesmond Dene in Newcastle in the snow and East Anglia in the rain. From a speeding train returning to the region views of York as well as Durham before crossing the river Tyne into Newcastle. Family scenes on the beach at Whitley Bay are followed by what is believed to be South Shields where the Festival of Britain Guinness Festival Clock is filmed in action.
A home movie by Victor Sidney Carman of a holiday to Suffolk begins with a railway journey followed by views of the village of Mendlesham. During his visit he records activities around the village as well as surrounding countryside including farmers work in the fields. The film also records visits to other nearby towns including Bury St Edmonds. The film ends with views from the train heading back home.
A home movie believed to have been made by Victor Sidney Carman focusing on a young family between 1968 and 1975. The film follows the progress of a girl and boy from babies showing them often playing on a swing or a slide in a children's play area at Heaton in Newcastle. They are also filmed with their mother at Hexham and South Shields. The film also records a number of steam rallies as well as a visit by the Sir Nigel Gresley steam train to the region.
A home movie made by amateur filmmaker Betty Cook between 1964 and 1966 showing the development of a boy, Mark, from a baby through to being a toddler. The film shows various family members and friends, including Arthur Cook, husband of the filmmaker, posing with the baby at relative's home in Leeds.
A fiction film produced by members of the Cleveland Cine Club that uses both live action and animation to tell its tale. The film begins with a man driving at speed through the streets of Middlesbrough where he is stopped and booked by a policeman for careless driving. Arriving him he falls asleep and dreams of accidently running over his own daughter. The film ends with him waking and realising the error of his ways.
A home movie by Betty Cook of the Cleveland Cine Club of a family caravanning holiday in 1975. The primary focus of the trip was to attend the British Grand Prix taking place at the Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire on the 19th July and includes footage of James Hunt giving autographs to fans. As well as the Grand Prix the film also includes a visit the Donnington Collection, the world's largest museum of Grand Prix cars in Derbyshire and a visit to the canals and waterways near Stony Stratford in Buckinghamshire and Bourton on the Water in Gloucestershire.
A mystery film produced by members of the Cleveland Cine Club featuring founding member Betty Cook as the mother looking for her two children who disappear in a wood.