Footage of former World War Two fighter pilot 'Nip' Whaley Heppell in the Tyne filmed by amateur filmmaker Jack Lawson, owner of a confectionary business in Newcastle upon Tyne. Whaley (Philip W.E. Heppell) was born into a family of aviators from Newcastle, dubbed by local press 'The Flying Heppells'.
Billingham Film Unit short on Billingham Wharf in 1935, documenting working practice and industrial infrastructure.
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.
Billingham Film Unit cine magazine that presents an overview of Imperial Chemical Industries' (ICI) history and development in Billingham and along Teesside.
Tyne Tees TV travelogue on the coast of Northumberland presented by Ashington-born Jack Charlton, former Leeds United and England footballer and manager of Middlesbrough FC.
A documentary drama produced by Brunner Lloyd Productions for the National Savings Committee (a quasi-government agency) that depicts social mobility in the North East. The story follows a ship yard worker's dreams of putting to sea in a ship he has helped build, but finds his savings better spent on helping his son through merchant naval college. The film features footage of the ocean-going liner, Ocean Monarch, built on Tyneside by Vickers Armstrong in 1951.
Colour travelogue of a cruise around communist Yugoslavia in the summer of 1955, made by Middlesbrough amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown. The film records the architecture, monuments and local landmarks that he visits with his wife. Footage also includes a focus on national dress outside the Western fashion system, and this film offers examples of cultural contrasts in examples of dress.
Local author, Scott Dobson, goes in search of the Geordie character. He looks at various aspects of the region that may have moulded the people - the coal mining, fishing and shipbuilding industries, and the dangers and poverty involved. Local humourist Dick Irwin contributes anecdotes and sketches. This Tyne Tees Television documentary in the About Britain series was originally broadcast on 6 August 1975.
Edition of the Tyne Tees television documentary (travelogue) series About Britain, broadcast on 25 February 1976, which first travels with the River Tyne Police, part of Northumbria Police, from Newcastle to the North Sea. Along the Tyne, the film records encounters with various workers such as the Port of Tyne harbour master, the Tyne Queen ferry crew travelling between Wallsend and Hebburn, a fisherman at the North Shields fish market, and a tug boat pilot leading the Joseph R. Smallwood tanker downriver. Workers comment on their working roles in voice-over.
An edition of the Tyne Tees Television Series Northern Scene originally transmitted 24th April 1980 that follows Captain George Purvis, a Tyne Pilot, who is retiring in his 70th year after 35 years working on the river. The film follows him as he pilots into Smith Docks the ferry ‘Free Enterprise 2’ and ends with him taking the gas tanker ‘Joule’ out of dock into the North East. These sequences are intercut with interviews with Captain Purvis as well as a number of his colleagues who talk about the long traditions of their families who have worked as Tyne Pilots.
The first episode of a two-part Tyne Tees Television feature that looks at the landscape, industry, history and traditions of the North East coastline from Whitby to South Shields and the River Tyne, presented by Austin Steele.
An early Tyne Tees Television documentary about the fishing fleet at North Shields accompanied by specially commissioned music written and performed by Ewan MacColl and Peggy Seeger. The film begins with fish being unloaded and auctioned inside the fish market. The film then follows the trawler 'Ben Torc' as he heads out into the North Sea and shows the crew hard at work catching fish using a large drift net. The film also shows the men gutting, cleaning and storing the fish on ice for the journey back to North Shields. The film ends with the men in a local public house drinking to a successful catch intercut with views of them back at work on board ship.
A promotional film for Ringtons Tea Ltd, showing the arrival of tea at the Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne, tea blending and packing at Ringtons headquarters and factory in Algernon Road, Byker, Newcastle, and its distribution by horse drawn and motorised vans to the doorstep. A commentary is spoken by Alan Howland, who was later the voice of British Movietone News, and music also accompanies the film.
This sponsored film by the Turners Film Unit for Sunderland Corporation's Transport Department documents the abandonment of the Sunderland tramway system in 1954 in favour of motorbuses. It details the planning and operations of the bus transport system, and its importance for local people and businesses in Sunderland and surrounding areas. The film features good footage of trams and new buses in operation; local industries of glass making, coal mining and ship building; and of people at leisure in local coastal resorts.
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.
Sponsored film following the construction, launch, and sea trial of the Essi Gina bulk cargo ship. The Furness Shipbuilding Company, with shipyards at Haverton Hill on the River Tees, built the tanker for maritime company B.J. Rudd-Pedersen. The launch took place on 25th February 1963.
A social record of shipyard labour, this documentary follows the construction, launch and fitting out of the “London Prestige” tanker at the Furness Shipbuilding yards on the River Tees, Haverton Hill. A professional voice-over, rousing music and poetry inject a sense of heroism and romance.
A dramatised instructional film aimed at new apprentices of Smiths Dock, based on the South Bank of the River Tees, Middlesbrough. This is a cautionary tale of two teenage stowaways, who are caught and offered jobs as apprentice marine engineers. The film charts the progress of the "good" and "bad" apprentice. Service to the company is compared to service to country in speeches by Lt. Col. Eustace Smith and a voice over spoken by Wilfred Pickles.
A documentary produced by the Sunderland Educational Development Association on the construction of the cargo ship "Tjibantjet". Made at Bartram & Sons yards in Sunderland, the film takes the viewer through each phase of construction from its design until its launch on the 3rd October 1951. The film uses a number of simple animations and drawings to explain many of the key stages.
A highly visual essay on the North East of England, set to a specially composed musical score. A range of images, often using time lapse, double exposure and slow motion, combine in a colourful montage to present an overview of the region's history and development.
A Siren Film & Video documentary for Channel Four in which Tom Pickard, poet and documentary filmmaker, returns to the shipyards in Sunderland for 6 months. During this period the Austin and Pickersgill yard experiences a financial crisis and two ships are launched onto the River Wear. The film was originally broadcast on 23 February 1987.
Sponsored film of the launching of the Katsina Palm from the shipyards of Swan, Hunter & Wigham Richardson in 1957 in Newcastle. The Katsina Palm was built for the Palm Line shipping company, and destined to work primarily in West Africa. The ship was capable of carrying 10,000 tons of cargo and could travel at 14 knots; she was launched by the wife of the Palm Line’s director, Mrs A. Hoffman.
Sponsored film showing the sea trials and transfer of the bulk carrier "Livanita" from Smiths Docks Company Ltd at South Bank near Middlesbrough to its Norwegian owners A/S Ugland's Rederi in March 1962. The film includes footage of the ship's lifeboat being tested.
Sponsored film by Turners Film Productions showing the launch of the"Athelsultan" at Smiths Dock Company, Southbank, Middlesbrough on the 9th November 1950, by Mrs F.H. Formby.
This amateur film shows the sea trials of the tanker Samuel Ugelstad taking place off the coast of Tynemouth on the 7th & 8th June 1956. As well as views of he ship at sea during the trials, the film includes various views around the ship as well as of the crew and passengers. The ship was built for S. Ugelstads Rederi of Norway by Furness Shipbuilding Co. Ltd at their Haverton Hill yard near Stockton-on-Tees.