Autobiographical documentary on James Mitchell, the English author of crime fiction and spy thrillers (pseudonyms James Munro and Patrick O. McGuire) who also worked as a film and TV scriptwriter. Born during the General Strike, Mitchell returns to his home town of South Shields and reminisces about his family and childhood during the Depression era. He revisits places remembered from his youth, including the River Tyne, South Shields Town Hall, Marsden Rock and Sunderland College of Art, where he taught, and talks about the long established Muslim community in the town. This is an edition of the Tyne Tees Television series A World of My Own [no credits], originally broadcast on Wednesday 2 July 1969.
This amateur home movie compilation records family visiting an uncle in summer 1938, horse riding in Monkseaton in 1938 and holiday visits to the seaside resorts of Scarborough and Brighton. Footage includes scenes from the 24th Newcastle Girl Guides camp at Mitford in Northumberland, and an open air dance performance at Hunmanby Hall Boarding School in North Yorkshire.
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.
A home movie by Austen McOlvin Laws of his daughters sports day taking place at the Newcastle upon Tyne Church High School in Jesmond. The film also features a group of children parading along Harbour Road in Beadnell, a cyclist speeding past a house during a race and water-skiers off the coast of Beadnell.