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 is a compilation of amateur documentary footage of Newcastle upon Tyne’s People’s Theatre, shot in the late 1950s and early 1960s, which looks at the company’s final days at a chapel in Rye Hill and the refurbishment and move to the former Lyric Cinema on Stephenson Road, Heaton, in 1962. This footage is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
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
This film celebrates the work of the Tyneside Film Society (TFS) on their 25th anniversary. It was commissioned from members of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) with producer Heini Przibram from the TFS.
This comedy chronicles the misadventures of an amateur tape recordist who undertakes to provide sound effects for a local drama group's production starring his wife. This was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production, directed by former dance band musician, George Cummin.
An amateur record of entertainment highlights of the 1951 Gang Show at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, a variety show of song, dance and comedy or theatrical sketches by youth members and leaders of the Boy Scouts, which also includes footage of rehearsals, administration and work behind the scenes during the performance. The film was a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
Amateur compilation of miscellaneous footage shot at locations around the world between 1927 and 1932, which includes China, Japan, possibly Burma, Canada, and the United States of America. The film concludes with film of a British wedding, unloading a tractor at a dock, and a London trip. World travel was probably undertaken on the luxurious Japanese trans-Pacific NYK - OSK passenger shipping line popular between WWI and WWII, with calls at Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kobe, Yokohama, Honolulu, Los Angeles and San Francisco. There may be glimpses of Japan’s military and colonial expansion into China in the 1930s. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
This amateur documentary records the changing city of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas through urban decline and renewal in 1984, and some of the special events taking place that year, including the Hoppings, the Great North Run and the arrival of the Golden Hinde on the Tyne. Footage includes the dismantling of the Old Redheugh Bridge; the repainting of the Tyne Bridge; construction of the Metro Centre, Gateshead; development of the Nissan car manufacturing plant; closures of Woolworths, Fenwicks, Callers and J T Parrish department stores, the ABC Haymarket Cinema and Wills cigarette factory; and the new Eldon Square shopping centre. Signs of industrial action at Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend are also documented. The film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
Amateur footage ‘behind the scenes’ on some of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA) film productions. Also includes a record of the refurbishment of the cine club’s headquarters at Ship Entry’s, off Bigg Market, the opening, and a launch event to attract members at the club’s new temporary headquarters in the YMCA.
This amateur documentary with some commentary records The Lord Mayor's grand parade to inaugurate the Newcastle Festival of 1971. It was commissioned from the Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) by the Tyneside Junior Chamber of Commerce (TJCC).
A curious, satirical look at the social and technological changes that have affected what we think of as the British ‘wash day’, made by a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) Film Unit. This bewildering, surreal film (the Goon Show may have been an influence) also attempts to deconstruct filmmaking and contemporary 1950s and 60s advertising, but uses the once popular (and derogatory) caricature of the Chinese (American) laundry worker in the plot.
An amateur film by Harry Leighton shows the preparation and the day’s events at the annual Shiremoor and District’s Children’s Gala for 1974. Known locally as the Children’s Treat, the event has been organised by miner’s families since 1907. The film begins with views of organisers and volunteers preparing the ‘Treat’ field for the big day. A procession follows behind a brass band leading them onto the showground where children are present a box of cakes. There are views of many of the events and activates taking place during the day including sport and dancing as well as a fun fair. The film ends with the day coming to an end and people heading home.
An amateur film by Harry Leighton of the annual Shiremoor and District’s Children’s Gala taking place in 1980. Known locally as the Children’s Treat, the event has been organised by miner’s families since 1907. The film begins with a number of marching bands leading the crowds along Earsdon Road onto the ‘Treat’ field. Local comedian Bobby Thompson also features opening the event. Following the presentation of cakes to the local children the film records many of the sporting and musical events and displays taking place on the field as well as a nearby fair.
An amateur film made by Cliff Lyon of an open day at the Sunderland Maritime Heritage centre on Church Street in Sunderland in 2008. The film follows those in attendance looking around at exhibits and listening to members of the society talking about the history of shipbuilding in the city. The film includes an informal interview with a one of the visitors, George Jackson a former shipbuilder from Glasgow who talks about his experiences working on Royal Navy vessels built on the Clyde in the build-up to and during World War Two.
A short comic film by Michael Gough, with wife Linda behind the camera, of a BBC North East film crew shooting members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA) shooting a film on the Gateshead Quayside. The BBC production entitled ‘Moviesmakers Special’ was a special programme transmitted in 1977 as part of the association’s 50th anniversary. The film features Michael Gough as the main protagonist of the ACA film and the film switches between each of the two film crews in a disjointed manner.
This tongue-in-cheek promotional film was produced for the North East Region of the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (NERIAC), which hosted the national IAC Annual General Meeting and film festival in Newcastle in October 1987. It was written and directed by Michael Gough, a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association. Includes time-lapse footage of South Shields-born animator Sheila Graber at work.
This documentary short by Chester-le-Street Amateur Cine Society looks at an exhibition at the recently opened Beamish Museum and Beamish Hall in the 1970s, where visitors attend a classic car rally and look around Home Farm, still being renovated. There’s also a focus on the renovation and testing of steam engines and the electric tramway in operation.
This film is a detailed amateur record of some of the architectural heritage of County Durham, but also includes the Penshaw Monument, built in memory of John George Lambton, the first Earl of Durham.
A local topical film of the Jarrow Carnival, showing an amazing variety of costumes and bands, filmed from two different vantage points.
A documentary produced by Miranda Films about South Shields born artist Alf O’Brien. Interviewed by Alfred Corlett at his home Alf talks about his early developments as an artist as well as his inspirations and influences. Alf is filmed walking the streets of South Shields as well as the beach near his beloved Marsdon Rock.
An amateur film that records the opening night of a new exhibition by the artist Eric Scott at the Bede Gallery in Jarrow on the 11 December 1991. The film shows people wandering around the gallery looking at the art both hanging on the walls and in display cases.
A film made of the opening ceremony for a photographic exhibition taking place at the Viking Centre in Jarrow on the 15th July 1995. The exhibition displays historic images of the town and its people and was curated by Vince Rea of the Bede Gallery as part of part of the town's 150th anniversary festival. As well as the official opening by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, the film shows people looking around and discussing the images that they see.
An amateur record of the opening night of an exhibition of works by The Loughborough Group shown at Bede Gallery as part of its twenty-fifth anniversary on the 19 July 1995. The Mayor of South Tyneside Councillor Maisie Stewart opens the exhibition and as well as views of the guests looking at the art the camera the film also captures a number of the featured artists talking about their work. The film ends with views of all their work on display.
A film believed to show the opening night of a new exhibition at Bede Gallery in Jarrow of artist Ray Masters. The film begins with patrons looking around the exhibition and discussing his work. Following this an impromptu discussion with Ray Masters who talks about his development as an artist as well of some of his work on display.
This film by Fred Palin is a short comedy about a man trying his utmost to get rid of a faulty coin. He finally does but there is a twist in the tale.