Home movie compilation by Dr H. Brenton Porteous that captures winter scenes in Newcastle and surrounding countryside; biplanes and monoplanes at Woolsington airfield; Beadnell bay and harbour; High Force waterfall on the River Tees, and the building of an air raid shelter at Osborne Road, Jesmond, Newcastle, the home of Dr Porteous, and now the site of Whites Hotel. Also included are shots at the wedding of Dr H. B. Porteous (the filmmaker) and Dr Winifred Ormerod in 1926, with good examples of 1920s bridal wear.
A home movie record of various family holidays around Northumberland, two annual Ashington Sports Days, and family celebrations. The film includes camping, visits to the seaside at Blyth, views of Tynemouth outdoor swimming pool, and picnicking in rural Northumberland.
Compilation of amateur home movies of the Bond family from Newcastle upon Tyne and Whitley Bay, which include visits to the Hoppings fairground at the Town Moor in Newcastle upon Tyne, Alnwick Fair and a daughter's First Holy Communion in Whitley Bay.
A short amateur film that focuses on the multi-lane cascade slide inside Spanish City at Whitley Bay run by the Knell family. The film features James ‘Jimmy’ Knell assisting at the bottom of the slide. Jennifer Knell collects the fares. The film also features other attractions inside the amusement park including a children’s carousel, orbiter and swing rides.
A home movie and travelogue documenting family life as well as visits to urban and rural beauty spots around the North of England: Newcastle upon Tyne, the Lake District, and Northumberland. The film includes rare footage of the Newcastle Illuminations, showing an array of shops, restaurants, theatres, and cinemas lit-up with bright and sometimes animated neon signs.
An amateur film, believed to be the work of Alice Littlefield, made between 1933 and 1934 showing four weddings and a baptism taking place at various locations around Tyne and Wear.
A home movie by Captain G W Purvis documenting family Christmas celebrations, wintery and springtime weather, and a portion of Queen Elizabeth II's Jubilee visit to Newcastle: her arrival on the HMY Britannia, and her motorcade passing through a city street.
This amateur home movie compilation includes family excursions in the Newcastle area and the wedding of the filmmaker's brother, Edgar Dean Wilson during wartime, probably in Derbyshire.
A home movie by amateur filmmaker Ronald Torbet featuring his two sisters, Vera and Maureen, his brother, James Alan Torbet, and parents at home in Bright Street, Roker. The film also features a cricket match between Bede and Monkwearmouth and crowds attending a football match taking place at Roker Park, the home of Sunderland Association Football Club (SAFC).
The first complete animation produced by Sheila Graber and set in her native South Shields. The film follows the adventures of a small boy and his cat as they walk through the snowy landscape, chase a Robin down onto the River Tyne and meet Father Christmas. The character of the boy is based upon Sheila’s nephew Nigel and the cat is based upon her own cat Whitey.
Part professional and part amateur film of the reception for the newly married Mr and Mrs Collins at the Gordon Hotel in Jesmond, Newcastle on the 30 July 1938.
An amateur film made by Thomas Lawson of his brother Robert’s wedding to Mary Elsie Beeby at St John’s Church in Hebburn on the 26th June 1948. The film begins with a dramatised sequence showing Mary visiting his parents to show them her wedding ring. There are various views of the wedding and reception and ends with another short dramatised sequence showing the happy couple arriving at their new home.
An amateur film produced by Thomas Lawson for the Clarkson-Richardson wedding believed to be at a church in Jarrow on the 18th June 1949. The film begins with a young couple walking through a park dreaming of their wedding day. They fall asleep on a park bench and the film cuts to the day itself and shows the arrival of the groom, guests and finally bride. Following the wedding the wedding party pose for photographs and leave by car for the reception. The film ends with the young couple waking from their happy dream.
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.
A home movie that records a year in the life of dance band musician George Cummin and his girlfriend Norah, shot in 1936. The film includes New Year Eve’s celebrations with friends (some are members of Newcastle ACA); the Northumberland Plate Festival at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park, and the Town Moor Hoppings, both in June; shots of Peter Cummin as a baby and toddler; and a short trick film for Christmas. The couple were both members of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
Made by dance band musician George Cummin, this is a compilation of both amateur and commercial footage that documents a year of personal and national events in 1937, using occasional staged scenes. These include a wedding in Newcastle upon Tyne attended by George Cummin, and his own marriage in July, a picnic outing with his wife, Norah, and a friend, the Northumberland Plate festival at Gosforth Park Racecourse, Newcastle, and a fox hunt in Scotland. George and Norah Cummin were members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association.
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 two nature studies filmed in Gosforth, produced by James Cameron in 1931 and 1945, one of the original founders of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). This amateur film depicts the progressive stages in the development of budgerigars.
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.
Amateur film of the garden at the home of the Cameron family in Newcastle upon Tyne, from spring to winter. The keen gardener is James Cameron Senior, a founder member and Secretary of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
Based on a popular piece of American music written by Elly Divina in 1933, this burlesque melodrama, staged in rhyme, is played for laughs. Even the crying is in tempo in Little Nell. The film tells the story of a farmer’s daughter lured away by a wicked lover (an actor) who leaves her on the night her child is born. Ruined, she returns to her father but the unscrupulous villain arrives and threatens to take the farm and child from them. The film was made by amateur filmmaker George Cummin (Conway Films) and all roles are acted by him. Cummin was a member of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
This is a bleak amateur drama by members of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) that tells the tragic story of the Chief Clerk in an architectural firm who is unfairly sacked by his boss. He is driven to suicide when he fails to find another job. The film was shot at locations in Newcastle upon Tyne. It was considered one of the best productions in the cine club’s first decade.
A charming, short amateur story about a boy who has to babysit his little sister whilst his mother goes shopping. His friend arrives to play with disastrous results involving bows and arrows and paint. The film was made by members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) and features the producer / director’s own children.
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.