This is a humorous, animated film about a mean-spirited industrial tycoon who sells his soul to the Devil in exchange for his lost youth. It is a version of the Faust legend set in Batley, Yorkshire. The film was made by Tony Hall and others at Leeds University and was also based on a story by William Beaumont, a local writer now deceased.
Made by members of the Leeds Camera Club Cine Circle, this film documents the Festival of Hobbies which was held at the Corn Exchange in Leeds. Many different tables and stalls have been set up for display in celebration of hobbies including model railways, weaving, pottery, stamp collecting, and filmmaking.
'Home Grown' is a film about life-style, personal choice and principles. Set in the fields of Brickyard Farm, Ackworth, West Yorkshire, Home Grown tells the story of an organic farmer John Brook who forms an unusual attachment with eco-activists. Home Grown is shot at the third annual Northern Green Gathering and captures the spirit and hope of a growing contemporary culture of grass roots activism.
This is a comical story about a man who takes up filmmaking as a hobby. During his exploration with the world of cine, he eventually makes a name for himself before being accidently killed whilst shooting an action sequence for his latest film. The story is told by the narrator in a humorous way with the use of rhyme.
Made by members of the Leeds Movie Makers, this award-winning film is a witty animation using Lego Pieces. The characters are animated to the David Bowie's 1969 song, Space Oddity.
This is comical film passing comment on the work of film processing companies.
Made in 1929, this unique film provides an example of Rowntree’s innovate approach to marketing chocolate. Lasting just over six minutes, the commercial uses sound and animation to promote the delicious flavour of York Milk Bar through a series of funny incidents staring Mr. York. It is the first animated advertisement to be made with synchronised sound.
A comedic short, made by members of the Doncaster Cine Club, about a man who mistakenly takes his television apart believing it is broken, only to find out later that the electricity board have turned off the supply to the house for a short period of time.
This film features a day out at the Radio Air Open day in Leeds complete with planes and funfair activities.
This is a whimsical short film which uses stop motion animation to create a winter wonderland fantasy using miniature figurines on a snowy model landscape. The famous Christmas song, Winter Wonderland, accompanies the film.
This programme takes a look at the National Viking Centre Museum in York as it nears completion. The film shows the Museum being completed on the space of the archaeological dig site in Coppergate, York. It features interviews with many of those involved in the planning and construction of the Museum, explaining how it aims to preserve the remains of Jorvik, the Viking capital over 1000 years ago.
Interview with Peter and Kate Holroyd
Transcription compiled 24/04/2008
This is an informative film about the new Cecil Theatre which was opened on 28th November, 1955. The theatre was built to take the place of the old Cecil which was destroyed by enemy action during the Second World War in May, 1941. The film is told from the perspective on an audience member. It also includes footage of the projectionist at the Cecil theatre showing how films are loaded onto the projectors as well as the “change over” during the interval. May 1941.
Made by the Impossible Theatre group, this film tells the story of two superheroes who uncover a dangerous mob, lead by the Hollywood film industry, who plot to steal the creativity from the Bamforth films. The film was made by a group of local teenagers working to develop the filmmaking ideas pioneered by Bamforth of Holmfirth. The movie has many features in common with the early silent films which were their inspiration including humour, physical comedy, simple camera tricks, cross-dressing, and local talent.
This film documents the recording of a scene from Alan Sidi's film, 'The Devil God'. Alan Sidi, a member of the Leeds cine group called Mercury Movie Makers, produced this film with funding from the Yorkshire Arts Association. This funding enabled him to create a spectacular pyrotechnic display with expert assistance from specialist effects company 'Action Incorporated', and this film is a voice over lead documentary chronicling the production process of the explosive stunt.
This is a comedy film about the folly of the filmmaker's father in his effort to fix an electrical fault on the family cooker, ending up being chased by his wife for causing a fire.
This is a mixture of film taken around a time when changes were taking place at the Playhouse cinema in Beverley. It includes photos of old Beverley, and of past cinema programmes and publicity, followed by a film being put on and cinema equipment being taken away and its use as a bingo hall. It also shows the old swimming pool on Ladygate.
This is one of a collection of films made by the Selby Cine Club. This film provides a wonderful overview of the town of Selby as it was in 1965 and is accompanied by an interesting historical commentary. It shows pedestrians and traffic in the town centre, many of the shops, and includes the Toll Bridge, the Monday market, the Reverend John Kent giving a tour of the Abbey, the shipyard, the BOCM Mill, and a Council meeting.
This is a film made by three members of the Mercury Movie Makers – Alan Sidi, Ken Leckenby and Reg White – which explains in detail how they added soundtracks to films using a sophisticated system designed by Alan Sidi. Sidi also provides the commentary to the film. The men give a demonstration showing the audience how to add sound to the film 'On Every Child's Shoulder.’ The film takes place in Sidi’s personal editing room in his house, Val D’or.
A comedy produced by Tyne Tees Television and originally transmitted on the 26th January 1968 that follows the adventures of Tony; a young man down on his luck as he tries to make a better life for himself. The film follows him falling in love with a young woman, gets a job in a factory and being lead-astray by two layabouts he meets in a pub. The film ends at La Dolce Vita nightclub where Tony wins roulette as well as the woman’s affections. The film also includes a number of dream sequences where Tony invents water and has a James Bond type adventure.
This Tyne Tees Television documentary was originally broadcast on 14 October 1963, the first year of the newly formed Newcastle University. The production follows two students, Christine Hughes and Derek Sutton, as they throw themselves into student life: academic life in the lecture room and laboratories, examinations, graduation ceremony and leisure time. The film contrasts traditional elements of student life such as buying academic gowns, residential halls and dining etiquette, along with student clubs and recreation - Morris dancing, sailing, sports, the student newspaper, the Courier. Includes footage of the Fine Art, Naval Architecture, and Physics departments, along with shots of the new Herschel physics building, designed by Sir Basil Spence and opened in March 1962.
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 series of home movies filmed by Dr H. Brenton Porteous between 1928 and 1929 of the Newcastle and Jesmond areas. Events captured include the arrival of King George V and Queen Mary for the opening of the New Tyne Bridge on the 10th October 1928. There are scenes at the Hoppings Fair on Newcastle Town Moor and the Newcastle Quayside Sunday market. The final sections document the North East Coast Exhibition which took place between May and October 1929.
An overview of the North East Electricity Board's (NEEB) area of operation covering all regions in the North East, with music and commentary. Includes footage of NEEB electricity showrooms at Carliol House in Newcastle and retail activities, NEEB displays at the Yorkshire Show in Harrogate and the Durham County Show, workers leaving Rowntrees factory in York. Industries documented include open cast mining at Ashington and Monkwearmouth Colliery, Swan Hunters ship yard, manufacture of television cathode ray tubes in Sunderland, Patons and Baldwins wool factory in Darlington, and sequences on NEEB working practices.