This short narrative holiday film is by amateur filmmaker and member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), George Cummin, and his wife Norah Cummin. George and Norah take a week’s holiday at a cottage in Weardale, County Durham. George decides to make a film of the holiday and settles down to write the script, but is not inspired. Whilst his wife rambles, gardens and does the housework, George repeatedly falls asleep in a deckchair and fails to script the film. On the last day he finally decides on the title and rewards himself with a nap.
This short fiction film features Oakenshaw Welfare Drama Group as members of the cast and was produced by amateur filmmakers Keith Venn and George Coates. A group of local picnickers are enlisted as sleuths when a villainous gamekeeper and his accomplice are discovered to have stolen an aristocrat’s necklace and try to escape. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection. Keith Venn was a long standing member of Newcastle ACA and the IAC (Institute of Amateur Cinematographers).
An amateur film made by Bob Wrightson filmed over a year showing the changing colours in nature around the region and Lake District.
A home movie showing a family taking a trip by car into the County Durham countryside around High Force waterfall. The family are then filmed in Northumberland visiting Cragside and Bamburgh before finishing in Seahouses watching the fishing boats being unloaded.
A home movie of a family believed to from the Spennymoor area of County Durham begins with a woman and small girl walking through sand dunes looking at a colony of Terns. This is followed by a school sports day in which boys take part in various sporting and gymnastic events on the lawn of a large house. The final part of the film made after the 18th February 1941 following the worst blizzard conditions since 1888 shows the effects of heavy snow around the Spennymoor area including people walking past huge banks of snow and men working to clear the streets.
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.
This Tyne Tees Television Today at Six news insert features a woman feeding a lamb rescued from the River Wear in Durham with a baby bottle of milk, and was originally broadcast on 7 May 1975.
A 30 second television advertisement for Vaux Breweries filmed at the Shepherd and Shepherdess Inn at Beamish, Co. Durham. The film begins with a horse drawn Vaux delivery wagon arriving at the inn and various patrons at the establishments enjoying pints of Vaux beers. The advertisement features ITV sports commentator Kent Walton.
Amateur travelogue around Teesdale in County Durham filmed by Peter Dobing and George Theaker, members of Darlington Cine Club, which won an Institute Of Amateur Cinematographers Ten Best competition Gold Star Award. Footage includes High Force waterfall and sheep herding in the snow.