An amateur film made by Thomas Lawson of the Green-Maughan wedding taking place at St Paul's Church in Jarrow on the 6th June 1959. The film begins with a man, believed to be the filmmaker, walking around the churchyard. Another younger man is seen walking around St Paul’s Monastery as well as the churchyard. The groom, guest and bride are seen arriving and going into the church followed by them posing for photographs in the churchyard. The film ends with the newly married couple being driven away and arriving at a terraced house. The film ends with the couple being driven away again.
An amateur city travelogue of Newcastle upon Tyne during the late 1950s. The film includes footage of the Newcastle Quayside Sunday market, traffic passing around Grey's Monument, Eldon Square, and ships on the River Tyne including the hopper barge ''Bessie Surtees' travelling up river through the opened Swing Bridge. The film also shows activities night and day at the Hoppings annual travelling fun fair, taking place during the last week of June.
An amateur film by J.H Lawson that follows a Conservative party election canvassing campaign in Newcastle, believed to be in the Blakelaw and Cowgate areas, with door to door visits and campaign car drumming up support. On the campaign trail, the politicians doorstep housewives on a new prefab estate.
An amateur film made by A.H. Robson recording events and activities as well as the many changes taking place in and around the town of Bishop Auckland in County Durham in the early 1980s. The film includes the construction and opening of the Newgate Centre which is not shown in chronological order.
A comic advertising film that uses a mixture of live action and Monty Python style animation to describe the importance of television adverting in the Tyne Tees Television region. Featuring Clive Dunn as the ‘plain advertising man’ and Johnny Vyvyan as a waiter in a restaurant, also the film features the voice of Richard Wattis who helps put across the message of the film.
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.
This documentary compilation of events from 1933 was filmed by members of Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), including George Cummin. Includes footage of the aftermath of a gas explosion in Carville Street, Gateshead; the Tyneside launch of the first all welded ship, the Peter G. Campbell, a tank barge constructed by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd at their Wallsend Shipyard, unusual footage in that it is filmed from a boat on the river; the (Northumberland) County Amateur Golf Championship at High Gosforth Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; model boat steering trials at Paddy Freeman's boating lake in Jesmond Dene in mid-summer, and women's snowball fights at Jesmond Dene in winter; barrow sellers and shops in the run up to Christmas on the Newcastle streets. The final sequence represents Christmas Day through a series of staged shots of food, drink and Christmas traditions.
This amateur drama charts the fortunes of a group of everyman characters - two building labourers, a secretary, and a family - who enter the Irish Hospitals' Sweepstake, a public charitable lottery set up to finance hospitals in Ireland. The film is something of a cautionary morality tale, which follows the influence of the windfall on the lives of the lucky winners. Includes a location shoot at Georges (Gowns), based in Northumberland Street, Newcastle, where expensive outfits are modelled for a secretary. This fiction film was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur film records the commemorative Victory Parade that took place in central Newcastle upon Tyne on 8th June 1946. The parade includes men and women in the Royal Air Force, Army and Navy, auxiliary forces, voluntary and civil defence services (for instance, the Land Army), and North East industries, along with the Allied and Commonwealth forces in World War Two. Civilian representatives and floats also celebrate the role of The People's Theatre, Reyrolle, and the coal industry (soon to be nationalised), as well as military and North East history. A firework display closes out the day. The film was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This stylish crime thriller exposes the dark underbelly of post-war Newcastle upon Tyne as a dope gang haunts the night streets and smoky jazz-hot dance halls. A school boy botanist helps blow the gang’s cover. A chase sequence amid the industrial decay of the Ouseburn waterfront and on the River Tyne provide a remarkable amateur portrait of the city and river in the 1950s. The film includes footage of teenagers dancing to The Panama Jazzmen and was partly filmed at the Tynemouth Preparatory School. This film was commended by the Scottish Amateur Film Festival, 1953, and produced by Gordon Hetherington as part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) Silver Jubilee.
Two amateur films of Newcastle upon Tyne record the colourful procession of decorated floats, marching bands, youth and military organisations, taking part in a parade for Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation celebrations in June 1953, and trams, yellow-liveried trolleybuses and other traffic around the streets of central Newcastle soon after World War Two. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
An amateur film made by members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) documenting the College of Further Education Christmas Jazz Ball at the Top Rank venue, the Majestic Ballroom, in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 18 December 1963. A great variety of late 1950s and early 1960s fashions and dance styles are on show, along with footage of three traditional jazz bands: Terry Lightfoot's Jazzmen, and Newcastle jazz scene bands, River City Jazzmen and the Mighty Joe Young Jazzmen.
This is an amateur trailer commissioned by the Tyneside Junior Chamber of Commerce (TJCC) from the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association. The film documents the Lord Mayor's procession to inaugurate the Newcastle Festival of 1971, with commentary by George Cummin, and features highlights of the parade through the streets of Newcastle upon Tyne.
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.
This tender tale of childhood is based on the proverb “A friend in need is a friend indeed”. A boy neighbour comes to the rescue of a little girl on his street who accidently breaks her mother’s milk jug. He earns both a smack and a kiss for his troubles. Includes good shots of girls skipping in a Newcastle street. This film is a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association production.
A new Kings College student fakes a trip down the stairs to get attention from fellow lodgers who are ignoring him. This post-war amateur comedy short was a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production and was filmed at central Newcastle upon Tyne locations, including the Kings College campus and Haymarket.
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 odd amateur comedy sketch, using some archive newsreel footage, is a north east ‘spoof of a spoof’ travel documentary about the South London suburb of Balham, originally written by Frank Muir and Denis Norden for a 1950s BBC radio series called Third Division. It was later famously performed by Peter Sellers, in a parody of the famous American newsreel-travelogue host James A. Fitzpatrick. This film was made by former 1930s dance band musician and member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), George Cummin, who also stars in cameo roles as the ‘toothbrush holesmanship’ worker, café customer, and pianola maestro. It uses the original soundtrack by Peter Sellers, released in 1958.
This amateur short drama tells the story of a Newcastle money collector who is conned by a wily thief. The film was produced by Hugh Kelly with the ‘beginners’ unit’ of Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA).
Michael Gough presents a history of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) as the cine club celebrates its 50th anniversary, illustrated with documentary footage and extracts from their numerous productions, from the foundation of the club in 1927 to 1977.
This amateur record of celebrations marking 900 years since the founding of Newcastle upon Tyne was produced by members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The Newcastle 900 events took place between April and December, 1980. This film includes general views of the city, the official opening by Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, footage of a children’s festival on the Town Moor, a parade, the opening of the first phase of the Tyne & Wear Metro, and a water pageant on the Tyne that took place on 26th July.
Produced by the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) in 1931, this amateur underworld thriller about a foiled industrial espionage plot was filmed at Blyth and around the River Ouseburn and Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne. The film features an exciting car chase, rescue scenes with the 1st Tyne Troop Sea Scouts, and a daring aeroplane escape by the gang’s devious femme fatale.
A valuable necklace is stolen – but where is the thief? Fuelled by pulp fiction, a rich woman’s imagination goes into overdrive after her brush with a poor man on a Newcastle street. This amateur thriller with a twist was a 1930s Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production
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.
This award-winning amateur drama was written and directed by Keith Venn, with cast and crew from the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA), and was shot at locations around Newcastle. On a morning like any other, the random destinies of a cast of characters unfold over one fateful hour in Newcastle. The film interweaves the parallel actions of three characters in the hour before 09:00am: a condemned man awaiting execution by hanging in the cells at Moot Hall County Courts; a fashion model with an unexpected assignment at the Royal Turks Head Hotel in Grey Street; and a father taking his daughter to school in West Denton.