Young women volunteers attend a BRCS (British Red Cross Society) camp at Longhoughton in 1944 to train up for roles as Red Cross nurses and support for the medical services during the Second World War. In 1945 women are trained at a Red Cross Youth Movement of Northumberland campsite in the Coquetdale valley (possibly in the grounds of Rothbury Cottage Hospital), their third annual camp at Rothbury. Footage includes trainee nurses during leisure time, swimming on the Northumbrian coast, playing netball and table tennis. This amateur documentary footage was shot by Peter Beatty, a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA), the Rothbury footage probably filmed in summer 1945, just after World War Two.
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.
Cross-dressing is at the heart of this farcical 1930s comedy. Charlie’s wife leaves him just before an important uncle’s visit and he is forced to improvise to keep his inheritance. A friend adopts a female disguise with a Mae West wig and lashings of make-up to help him out. This film was produced by Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) member, Leslie Greaves.
Made by George Cummin, this is a compilation of miscellaneous amateur and commercial footage, which includes an outing to Warkworth, Northumberland, with the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), of which he was a member, and holiday footage of Devon featuring his wife, Norah Cummin, and friends. Footage of professional and women’s cricket matches are also included. The professional games featured may document the West Indian cricket team’s tour matches in England in 1950.
A compilation of documentary and holiday film shot during the early 1930s by members of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). Footage includes a civic event in Newcastle upon Tyne, possibly an annual Mayor’s Sunday; an international rugby match between England and Scotland at Twickenham Stadium, London; an Air Show at Cramlington Aerodrome, home of the Newcastle Aero Club, with shots of famous women aviators, Amy Johnson and Constance Ruth Leathart, who later flew with the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) during World War Two; and general views of Scarborough including the Grand Hotel.
This amateur film consists of a series of individual and group portraits of young women students. They are thought to be residents at Easton Hall in Eskdale Terrace, Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, a hostel gifted to Armstrong College by Emily Easton. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
Set in 1850, this ambitious period drama is based on an old Tyneside sea-faring tale. A single mother and her daughter survive by luring sailors on shore leave to their boarding house to rob and murder. This film received a special commendation in the annual Amateur Cine World (ACW) magazine Ten Best competition. Scenes were filmed on board a sailing vessel at Dunston on the River Tyne and around the oldest locations in Newcastle upon Tyne, including Sandhill. The film was a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
A father and daughter search for hidden treasure on Saltburn beach after the discovery of a buried pirate’s map. Which turns out to be a restaurant promo. This comedy short was produced by amateur Middlesbrough filmmaker Leonard Winter, and stars Leonard Winter, his daughter Maureen, and wife Jean. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association collection.
A compilation of documentary footage shot between 1929 and 1936 by Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) of various film shoots at Ravensworth Castle on 7 April 1929, the Lake District in 1929, and a staged pagan ritual in 1936. Also features two cine club outings to the seaside at Cresswell in Northumberland in 1929 and 1930, with choreographed Busby Berkeley-style routines on the beach.
A road trip soon takes a sinister turn for a woman who stops at a lonely, rural petrol station on the A19 and finds herself in the driving seat with an unwelcome passenger. Claustrophobically-framed shots inside the car and quick cutting rack up the suspense in this well-made amateur thriller. This film is a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
A battle of the sexes plays out on a remote country road in this sixties amateur comedy drama. Two resilient female protagonists resort to self-help to mend a puncture when their would-be rescuers prefer to hedge their bets on the outcome. The film was photographed by Walter Clark and directed by Keith Venn, members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
A group of cleaners disturb a burglar breaking in to the safe at their employer’s house and attempt a citizen’s arrest. A car chase ensues after the burglar escapes. This comedy short is a 1960s Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
An amateur film made by Betty Cook of the Cleveland Cine Club showing members of the Middlesbrough Circle of Magicians performing magic tricks for each others. One of the magicians featured is Paul Daniels, born Newton Edward Daniels in South Bank, Middlesbrough. The film also features a woman magician, his wife at the time, Jackie Daniels, working the act together with her husband and separately.
An animated advertisment made to promote the re-developed Fenwick department store on Northumberland Street in Newcastle, which included the construction of the corner development. The advert features a fashionable woman unveiling new areas of the store including a new toy department, hair salon and delicatessen while travelling on the new escalators and elevators.
A fashionable young woman models a radical fur hat on the streets of Newcastle upon Tyne on her way to a staged blind date. This Tyne Tees TV news magazine feature takes a witty look at one of the wackier creations of Simone Mirman, a milliner who learned her trade with Schiaparelli and designed hats for the royal family, actors and aristocrats. The off screen vox pops with shoppers and the commentary add some mischievous banter to this piece, highlighting gender relations on the streets of the North East in the 1960s. It is not known if this item is a final edit. It appeared in a Look of the Month compilation broadcast on 28 October 1968.
A report on women’s professional wrestling for the Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news magazine programme broadcast on 16 September 1976. The piece features interviews with British professional, and former British and European Ladies Champion, Mitzi Mueller and her opponent Lolita Loren (?) (real name Chrissy Thompson) who take part in a Brian Dixon All Star Wrestling promotional tour in Newcastle upon Tyne. Includes fight footage and vox pop with a man in the audience.
A home movie made by the Neesham family of Redcar begins with a woman taking her new-born child to show colleagues at ICI Wilton near Redcar. Women at work in a laboratory and office are followed by a visit to the Wilton site by Princess Margaret and views of the women waiting to see the Royal visitor. The film also features a hockey match between men and women taking place in a field near Wilton and a visit to Scarborough. The remainder of the film consists of a series of weddings that generally begin with the bride and her father posing for the camera followed by the couple after the service posing for photographs. The final wedding also features the reception and the film ends with the couple and other guests leaving the venue, some carrying section of wedding cake.
This Tyne Tees Television Today at Six news item covers the closure of the ladies public toilets in the centre of Morpeth. This item was originally broadcast on 7 May 1975. Charlotte Allen reports.
Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news feature, originally broadcast on 28 January 1977, on 81 year old Sarah Maguire who has run her bakery in North Shields for 45 years. Roderick Griffiths reports.
A promotional film produced by Little-King Productions for James A. Jobling and Company Ltd of Sunderland showing the importance and use of Pyrex glassware for home, science and industry. The film also looks at the production process within the Jobling factory taking the viewer through all the processes of making Pyrex from the delivery of silver sand, the key ingredient for glass production, through to the finished product being boxed and stored for delivery.
Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news teaser with general views of women strikers with placards picketing the Fashion Industries factory in Moreland Street, West Hartlepool. Includes sound bite from the workers' trade council branch secretary Olga Meene. This item was originally broadcast on 9 May 1977.
Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news report on a strike over pay at the Fashion Industries factory, Moreland Street, West Hartlepool. Includes footage of women workers and trades union supporters picketing outside the factory and interviews with union representatives. Peter Holland reports. This item was originally broadcast on 9 May 1977.
Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news magazine report by Tony Cook about the hard life of a remarkable elderly woman farmer at an isolated farm in Northumberland, Miss Anderson, who runs the farm alone. This item was originally broadcast on 22 April 1977.