This amateur newsreel of important local events in Newcastle upon Tyne in 1933 was produced by members of Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The film covers the official opening by HRH Prince George, Duke of Kent, of the new Poor Children’s Holiday Association building at 66 Percy Street, Newcastle, headquarters of a charitable organisation that ran numerous projects for underprivileged children. Another item records the Northumberland Plate event at Gosforth Park Races 20 June 1933. The final documentary shorts are of the British Hospitals Air Pageant at Cramlington Aerodrome on Saturday 12 August 1933 with aerobatic displays by, amongst others, Flight Lieutenant Charles William Anderson Scott, AFC, and aerial footage of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding countryside flmed from one of the special passenger flights taken at the air pageant.
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 amateur drama follows the transformation from wimp to He-Man of a pampered, upper-class son, whose character-building vacation on the Tyneside coast is cut short by a violent assault. Locations include the grounds of Wentworth Castle and the Whitley Bay Spanish City fairground. This film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA) production.
This surreal comedy short is a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA) production. A strange psychiatrist practices on an accident-prone patient but self-help proves the solution to the man’s problems.
This amateur instructional film, with a staged scenario involving a film scriptwriter and toothache, is one of several made on small-gauge film by the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) as an introduction for new members, and probably as a filmmaking exercise itself.
An amateur film made by Maurice Clyde featuring two different types of kidney dialysis taking place at two Newcastle hospitals. Filmed at both the Royal Victoria Infirmary and the Ryehill Hospital, both the coil and Kiil system of dialysis are in use on patients. The film also features Professor David Kerr, a world pioneer in kidney dialysis.
An amateur film made by Maurice Clyde about the Sunderland Renal Unit at the Royal Infirmary in Sunderland. The film shows staff and patients on the ward receiving dialysis and includes interviews with patient Ray Downey, a well know local charity worker and kidney transplant patient, and a Elizabeth Lannister who has worked at the hospital about the move of the unit to the Sunderland General Hospital.
A short pencil animation by Peter Whitaker of the Cleveland Cine Club in which a man seated at a desk uses fly spray to kill a fly that is sitting on his head and ends up killing himself.
Amateur film of private sector housing conditions, including slum clearance properties, in the Old Durham Road area of Gateshead, filmed between 1982 and 1984. The first sequences record the "Tyneside flats", a form of domestic housing found primarily in Newcastle, Gateshead and Sunderland urban areas. The film also documents the demolition of the slums. The filmmaker, Stephen Gray, worked for Gateshead Council as an Environmental Health Officer.
A short promotional film produced by Samaritan Film for the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle showing a 'day in the life' of those behind-the-scenes members of staff, mainly women, who help to keep the hospital running alongside the doctors and nurses including cleaners, laundry, kitchen and maintenance staff as well as pharmacologists and pathologists.
A Tyne Tees Television news report with Phil McDonnell transmitted 31 March 1967 on a rent tribunal decision to reduce the rent on a derelict attic room in a slum property in Newcastle, rented to a Matthew Maddison. The report opens with interior views of the derelict state of the room followed by an interview with Mr Maddison about living here and the tribunal decision.
Film insert of a visit to a hospital in the North East by Disney characters for Tyne Tees TV news programme Today at Six broadcast on 25 November 1968.
Four film inserts that record a hospital catering department’s provision of ‘computor’ meals for Tyne Tees TV news programme Today at Six broadcast on 19 February 1975.
A home movie made by Daniel Webster, believed a vice-principle of Bede College in Durham, of his family made between 1947 and 1957. The focus of the film is his two children who are seen growing from children to adults. The film records a number of domestic scenes of the family such as Christmas and holidays to the Lake District, Scotland and Ulster. The film includes a number of acted sequences featuring family members as well as shots 50's domestic scenes. The film also includes views from two Durham Miners Gala (1952 and 1955?) as well as motorbikes at Belmont Park and the Durham Regatta showing rowers on the river Wear.
An amateur public awareness film made by Durham City Council with the assistance of Durham Rotary and Round Table to remind residents and visitors to the city to pick up litter and dispose of it correctly. To illustrate the point, the film follows a family on a day out in Durham who drop litter wherever they go. They even manage to flaunt good practice when eating and drinking near a litter bin. The film features views of some of Durham’s well known locations.
This Tyne Tees Television Today at Six filmed news insert consists of a general exterior view of St George’s Hospital in Morpeth. This item was originally broadcast on 7 May 1975.
Tyne Tees Television filmed interview with an ex-prisoner about the hardships and brutality of prison and the failure to assist rehabilitation and life after release, broadcast on Northern Life on 20 September 1976. Roderick Griffiths reports.
Filmed Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news interview with a young man who has just left hospital after an attempted suicide. He talks about his problems with unemployment and about how using the Samaritans has helped. Report by Peter Holland. This item was originally broadcast on 25 April 1977.
Filmed Tyne Tees Television Northern Life news report on the condition of housing in category 'D' villages in County Durham, including Binchester, Eldon Lane, Ferryhill Station. Interview with Durham Housing Association representative about purchasing properties in the villages from the council and their plan to re-populate, modernise and rent out the housing. This report by Roderick Griffiths includes vox pops with some residents. The item was originally transmitted on 9 May 1977.
This amateur film made by Michael John Keane records the Cleveland County Playbus travelling around the Teesside area and children playing on board. Microphones are given to a number of children as they recite well known nursery rhymes.
This amateur film made by Michael John Keane shows children playing on the Cleveland County Playbus. Some of the children are also interviewed and recite rhymes and songs to camera.
An amateur film made by Michael John Keane of the Cleveland Playbus taking part in an annual rally that in 1978 took place in Nottingham. As well as views of the many playbuses taking part in the rally, the film also features a visit by a number of local dignitaries. The film ends with everyone involved having a bit of fun playing a game of football using an over-sized ball.
This amateur film made by Michael John Keane records local children's play on the Cleveland County Playbus visiting Eston, Hemlington and Billingham. The final part of the film shows a playbus taking part in the 9th Playbus Rally in Birmingham followed by a phantom ride in the bus as it drives back to Middlesbrough.
This film was produced for the King's College students' rag appeal to help raise the money to buy a house in Jesmond and convert it into a hostel and training centre for polio sufferers to live in, an idea masterminded by Joe Fisher from Gosforth who had contracted polio in Burma in 1945. [Please note that the picture runs a little fast in this production but the sound is correct.]
A short amateur comedy by the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association featuring Walter Clark and Sylvia Harding. The film plays on the viewer's belief that a husband is awaiting news while his wife is in labour.