This is a Yorkshire Television documentary on Scarborough favourite, the violinist and bandleader Max Jaffa. The programme pays tribute to him as he prepares to play his last season of concerts at the Spa, aged 74, after 27 years there. There are interviews with Max Jaffa, his wife, contralto Jean Grayston, and his fans.
This is an account of a significant event in British caving history, and a film that has become legendary in caving folklore. It features two divers, Geoff Yeadon and Oliver Statham (aka Bear), who over several years explored and plotted the caving system beneath the moors of Ingleborough before completing the dive from Keld Head to West Kingsdale Master Cave, beneath Ingleborough in North Yorkshire, on January 16th 1979. This Yorkshire Television production was first broadcast on 21st February 1979 to 20 million viewers.
This is a film by Bill Davison of a young man wandering around the derelict areas of inner-city Leeds, passing billboards with Christian messages, before eventually returning to his flat. As he does so he reflects, through an inner monologue, on the boredom of Sundays and his disillusionment with religion. The film won the IAC best film of 1967.
This is an award winning film, Movie Makers Ten Best, by Bill Davison about the disappointment of youthful love. A young couple, seeking seclusion, walk through the outskirts of an industrial town and along the bank of a drab canal. They are happily in love and an impressionistic colour sequences takes us into their world of romantic dreams. But the moment of passion passes and, back once more in the real world, they walk away, seemingly dejected and guilty. The film was made on location at Leeds Canal Wharf.
This is one of several award winning films written and directed by Bill Davison with the Selby Cine Club. This is a fictional work about a group of Satan worshippers and based on the works of Dennis Wheatley. The movie was filmed in Moreby Hall, located between Selby and York. The film got in to the Movie Maker’s Ten Best for the year, and later won the top award at the International ‘FantastiK Film Festival’ in Barcelona, having been translated into Spanish.
This is one of several films made over a seven year period by Bill Davison of Selby Cine Club. This chilling film, loosely based on the Edgar Allen Poe short story ‘The Premature Burial,’ got into Movie Maker's 1968 'Top Ten' competition for all film formats. A man involved in a car crash seems to have catalepsy and is mistakenly thought to be dead, and, despite the protestations of his helpless inner monologue, is buried alive. The story is accompanied by a dramatic musical soundtrack.
This is one of several award winning films made over a seven year period by Bill Davison of Selby Cine Club. This film follows the story, told in the first person, of a young nun who falls in love and is tormented by the choice between her love and the Church.
This is one of several award winning films made over a seven year period by Bill Davison of Selby Cine Club. This is an enigmatic and highly crafted film, a study of the fantasies of a disturbed young man who appears to be sexually stimulated by the rituals and symbols of Catholicism, and experiencing an inner conflict with an alternate version of himself. The film was selected as one of Movie Makers "Ten Best." as well as won the Best Editing Award for 1975. The film is accompanied by the music of Tangerine Dream (probably Phaedra).
This is one of several exceptional films made over a seven year period by Bill Davison of Selby Cine Club. This fictional film follows a US ex-cavalry officer who is roaming the countryside, haunted by a terrible end for his wife and child, killed, apparently, by native Americans, and who himself meets a tragic end.
This is one of several award winning films made over a seven year period by Bill Davison of Selby Cine Club. The film was selected as one of Movie Makers "Ten Best." This film follows the story of a young man and an older woman who have both, seemingly, recently finished a relationship and are moving somewhere else. Despite moving on, they are both haunted by their past loves. The woman picks up the man, who is hitchhiking, and they have a brief flirtation before tragedy strikes. The film won Best Editing at the annual Movie Maker awards.
This is one of several exceptional award winning films made over a seven year period by Bill Davison of Selby Cine Club. Winner of Movie Maker’s Top Ten of 1973, the film is described as, “A study of a child molester, the action being seen from the subject’s viewpoint in fragmented flashbacks after his death.” With an atmospheric background soundtrack, including Fleetwood Mac’s song ‘O Well, Part 2,' the film consists of short images cut together which form a dream like sequence that reflect the life and mental state of the subject of the film. But the allusive nature in which the loose narrative unfolds lends the film to different readings. Due to the subject matter of the film, it strongly divided critical opinion at the time.
This is part of a collection of films made by butcher and amateur filmmaker Henry Foster of Acomb. The film shows the old cattle, or livestock, market located near where the York Barbican is today. It also shows members of the York Butcher’s Association, the National Federation of Meat Trades Associations annual conference at Harrogate, and Remembrance Day in Harrogate.
This is one of several exceptional films made over a seven year period by Bill Davison and winner of Movie Maker's Ten Best and Best Editing. The film tells the story of a young man, disappointed in love, who, after administering a dose of drugs in a derelict house, commits suicide. Davison uses an abstract method of mixed colour and monochrome during the dream sequences to further emphasize the man's memories of love and the reality in which he finds himself. The film was shot in Leeds.
This is part of a collection of films made by butcher and amateur filmmaker Henry Foster of Acomb. The film is of some street parties in York to mark the coronation of George VI. This includes street parties in Hungate, the former slum area of York, as well as the Shambles.
This is one of several films written and directed by Bill Davison with members of the Selby Cine Club. Selby Open Youth Club provided the actors for this re-enactment of the founding of Selby Abbey by the monk Benedict. A narration by the Reverend J A P Kent provides a historical background while a voiceover by one of the monks provides a lighter touch. The film was accompanied by a booklet giving background to the making of the film and acknowledgements to all those who supported it. Filming started in March 1967 and was completed in March 1969. It is in three parts.
Made by local butcher Henry Foster, this is a film which shows the walking races organised by the St. Lawrence Working Men’s Club on Lawrence Street, York. It shows the walkers at various places along the route, wearing a wide variety of clothing, and adopting a wide variety of walking styles.
Made by Henry Foster, this film features some of the actors who are performing in the York mystery plays in St Olave's Church yard, including Judi Dench as an angel. It also shows people gathered outside a church for a wedding, and a long religious procession going into St George’s Church on George Street, York.
This is one of a collection of films made by members of the Selby Cine Club. It shows people gathering for a special service of unity to commemorate the founding of Selby Abbey. The service was attended by Cardinal Hume, the then Archbishop of Westminster, and representatives from many other Christian denominations. A narration provides some background to the service and of those attending.
This is part of a collection of films made by butcher and amateur filmmaker Henry Foster of Acomb. This film shows families picnicking on the seafront as well as the aftermath of severe flooding in York at the Holgate Road junction of Acomb and Poppleton Roads.
There is a big turnout of both participants and onlookers for this highly competitive walking race in York in the 1930s. Participants come in all shapes and sizes to pound the streets of York and compete in front of the crowds who line the city streets.
This is one of several exceptional films made over a seven year period by Bill Davison of Selby Cine Club. This is a film of the Sealed Knot Society recreating a Civil War battle at Hambleton Hough. The film is accompanied by a soundtrack from the 1970 film ‘Cromwell’ with Richard Harris.
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 one of a collection of films made by Bill Davison and members of the Selby Cine Club. This film shows some of the events that took place over six months to mark the 900th Anniversary of the founding of Selby Abbey.
This is one of a collection of films made by members of the Selby Cine Club. It shows the Selby celebrations for the Silver Jubilee of the Queen in June 1977. With a dry narration, it shows a carnival and street parties.
This is one of a collection of films made by members of the Selby Cine Club. This film shows a man making a ship in a bottle.