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 that shows the construction, opening and extended use of the Derwent Reservoir in County Durham. The film includes the opening of the reservoir by Princess Alexandra in July 1967 and then goes on to examine the reasons for building it and some of the technical innovations and difficulties that had to be developed or overcome. The film ends showing how the reservoir, as well as providing water for the region has also developed into a leisure facility with fishing and sailing now well established.
A mixture of amateur and commercial newsreel footage believed purchased or produced by Wylam physician Dr Swindale. The film begins with newsreels relating to the construction and launch of the RMS Queen Mary on Clydeside in 1934. This is followed by amateur footage filmed in around 1937 of children on a farm feeding lambs and boys taking part in a race along the river Tyne near Newcastle in the same year. The final part of the film shows is of a visit to Durham possibly made in around 1946 shot on both colour as well as black and white featurng a group posing alongside Durham Cathedrals famous Sanctuary Knocker.