Travelogue by Middlesbrough based dentist and amateur filmmaker Tom H. Brown. This film documents one stage of a grand tour through Italy in the summer of 1949 with his wife Kate, with travel by boat from Naples to the island of Capri, and visits to Pompeii, Cassino and Siena. The film focuses on famous landmarks, monuments and architecture. Footage includes the ruins of Pompeii, the more recent World War II damage in Cassini, and a Roman Catholic funeral procession in Siena.
Home movie made in 1937 by Middlesbrough dentist and amateur filmmaker Tom Brown (Senior) that records a holiday in the Swiss and Italian Alps with his wife. Footage includes scenes in Lucerne and Lugano, locations on Lake Maggiore and Lake St Moritz and in the surrounding mountains.
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.
Tyne Tees Television auto-biographical arts documentary edition of the series A World of My Own about north east Modernist poet Basil Bunting, broadcast on 15 May 1969. The poet visits locations in Northumberland and Cumbria that have inspired his poems, with an emphasis on the Anglo-Saxon culture in the region. His poetry recitals from Briggflatts, published in 1966, accompany the film.
An edition of the Tyne Tees Television programme A World of My Own first broadcast on 3 January 1969 in which the Easington MP Emanuel ‘Manny’ Shinwell reflects on his 35 years career in politics as he prepares for retirement and travels around his County Durham constituency.
Autobiographical documentary on James Mitchell, the English author of crime fiction and spy thrillers (pseudonyms James Munro and Patrick O. McGuire) who also worked as a film and TV scriptwriter. Born during the General Strike, Mitchell returns to his home town of South Shields and reminisces about his family and childhood during the Depression era. He revisits places remembered from his youth, including the River Tyne, South Shields Town Hall, Marsden Rock and Sunderland College of Art, where he taught, and talks about the long established Muslim community in the town. This is an edition of the Tyne Tees Television series A World of My Own [no credits], originally broadcast on Wednesday 2 July 1969.
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 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.
An amateur film made by William Loraine showing Saltburn beach on a busy summer’s day. The film also shows a garden party with bagpipe band that features the actor Roy Kinnear and a coach tour of the Cairngorms National Park in Scotland.
Amateur newsreel footage that documents the visit of famous cinema comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy to Tynemouth in July 1932 for a civic reception. Here they preside over a charity event on the terrace at the rear of the huge Plaza Palace, which towers over Tynemouth’s Long Sands beach. Laurel and Hardy present donated gifts to 600 local children in need, who were able to come to the seaside resort for their visit thanks to the Chronicle Sunshine Fund charity. The two comedians smile and play-act throughout the mammoth task. The film was shot by Arthur G. Greaves, a member of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association.
This amateur travelogue records the landscape, architecture, interesting monuments and occasional character from the River Tyne to Northumberland, touring the North East coast from Tynemouth to Berwick on the Borders, and locations along the Tyne, Tweed and Coquet rivers. The film opens in Newcastle upon Tyne with a focus on the Geordie anthem "The Blaydon Races", and the coal and ship building industries, but then sets out to prove to Southerners and the BBC that the North is not all about heavy industries. Includes footage of Lord Armstrong's Cragside house near Rothbury, and George Snaith, a shepherd, farmer and founder member and president of the Border Stick Dressers’ Association. This film is a George Cummin and Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
Home movie of 1930s seaside holidays in Saltburn-by-the Sea on the Cleveland coast, North Yorkshire, and (probably) along the East Sussex coast, including Brighton. Includes footage of the well-known Pierrot performers Bert Grapho and Billy Jackson’s Jovial Jollies, who played the summer seasons in Saltburn from 1899 until the final performance in September 1939. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
In 1934, the distinguished members of the gentlemen’s Pen and Palette Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, enjoy trips to the Farne Islands bird reserves off the coast of Northumberland, and to the Northumbrian country mansion. Kirkley Hall, located just outside Ponteland. This amateur film was shot by a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA).
Compilation of miscellaneous amateur film shot between 1934 and 1938 in Scotland, including footage of the Empire Exhibition, Glasgow, in 1938, and holiday trips to Arbroath, Edinburgh and other Scottish locations. Also includes brief sequences of a military parade in Newcastle upon Tyne, and rugby union matches, possibly the 1938 Home Nations Championship, with Scotland playing Ireland in Edinburgh and England at Twickenham, London. This film is probably the work of James Cameron Senior, one of the original founder members of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
This amateur documentary, with commentary and music sound track, records location shoots taking place in July 1963 at Bamburgh beach for the Paramount Pictures film production of ‘Becket’, directed by Peter Glenville. In the early years of their much-publicised love affair, the famous Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor visits Richard Burton on set. The film was produced by a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) film unit, with surprisingly close access to Taylor, film production crew including British cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth, and actors Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Edward Woodward and Wilfrid Lawson.
Reporter Phil McDonnell interviews a mechanic from West Hartlepool, Harry Ashleigh, who plays his bagpipes on the beach at West Hartlepool, dressed in the full regalia of a Gordon Highlander. This news magazine item featured in a Tyne Tees TV Look of the Month compilation, originally broadcast on 28 October 1968.
Tyne Tees Television reporter Alister Harrison covers the historic annual Shrove Tuesday ‘mob’ football match in Alnwick, also known as ‘Scoring the Hales’, played between the parishes of St Michael and St Paul. It’s a sporting spectacle with very few rules and no-holds barred tackling, which takes place in the Pastures and River Aln. This filmed report was broadcast on the regional news programme Northern Life on 22 February 1977.