This compilation of amateur film fragments, partly filmed by George Cummin, a member of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), consists of random clips from a caravan holiday, a trip to Oxford and other family holidays, home life and on the set of cine club film productions. Some sequences feature his wife, Norah Cummin.
This amateur film documents a car rally with treasure hunt clues at locations from Newcastle upon Tyne, through rural loactions, to Cresswell on the Northumbrian coast, organised and filmed by members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) in 1963. Competitors drive a wide variety of 1950s and 60s cars along the course.
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.
An early colour production by the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA) written and produced by J. O'Hanlon and photographed by A.E. Nichol. This short fiction film follows the adventures of a small boy who goes in search of the illusive “golden windows” he sees across a rural valley from his family farm. During his adventure he meets a tramp and a local carter and is given food and shelter by a kindly housewife. Reaching his destination, he meets a girl who shows him that the golden windows are in fact glass reflecting the sunlight.
This amateur comedy follows a small-time crooked bookmaker and his clerk who get their comeuppance (and lose the shirt off their backs) when they try to rig a road race and are rumbled by the locals. Locations include Higham Dykes, Milbourne, in Northumberland. The film was produced by Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
This amateur film documents the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) summer outing to the coast at Warkworth, Northumberland, on the 16th July 1933. Footage includes a jokey swimsuit parade, and filmmaking activities in the sand dunes.
This amateur comedy, produced by the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) in 1953, is the story of a dispute over the ownership of a fish, which a bunch of children and a bored artist find quite amusing. A picturesque Northumbrian river setting stands in for the fictional Damne D’Hôtte district of Northern France.
An author rents a remote cottage in Northumberland to work on his new pulp thriller but has a strange experience on his first night, after drinking brandy whilst proofreading a draft of his book into the early hours. This ghost story is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
Children perform the story of Sleeping Beauty, a classic fairy tale written by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm, which involves a beautiful princess, a sleeping enchantment, and a handsome prince. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
Compilation of miscellaneous amateur home movie footage documenting holidays in Northumberland and trips to the Tyneside coast. Locations include Rothbury, Elsdon, Cullercoats and Tynemouth. Also includes footage of an air display or pageant, possibly taking place at Cramlington aerodrome, which features two planes that were part of Alan Cobham’s Flying Circus. This film is part of the Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
Compilation of amateur film from various trips in the 1950s and early 60s. Includes footage shot in London at a visit for an Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC) national event and at Heathrow Airport, family outings to Brancepeth Castle, County Durham, and Matfen in Northumberland. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
This home movie compilation documents trips along the River Allen near Plankey Mill, Northumberland, the first sequences filmed on 3rd May 1936. The film focuses on families and friends who enjoy picnics and walks at this local beauty spot. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
This amateur drama, with location shoots around Hexham, Northumberland, pits two farmers against each other over a right of way on their land with disastrous consequences. The dispute turns violent and threatens the romance between their son and daughter, but is resolved when the crime is blamed on a gipsy. This film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
Miscellaneous amateur film footage from the 1950s and 1960s in the collection of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). Includes outtakes of a Durham Miners’ Gala in the late 50s and the Centenary of the Blaydon Races in 1962, and surreal staged scenes (suggested as “dreams”) including a chess game in a suburban road between two women, which may be sequences from ACA film production shoots.
This is a compilation reel of miscellaneous footage shot by members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA). The film includes home movie footage of James Cameron and family. Cameron was a founder member of the cine club in 1927. The remaining sequences mostly document Newcastle ACA filmmaking activities, including an outing to Jedburgh Abbey and the Flodden Monument in Northumberland.
A compilation of documentary footage shot between 1929 and 1936 by Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) of various film shoots at Ravensworth Castle on 7 April 1929, the Lake District in 1929, and a staged pagan ritual in 1936. Also features two cine club outings to the seaside at Cresswell in Northumberland in 1929 and 1930, with choreographed Busby Berkeley-style routines on the beach.
Compilation of amateur film shot between 1934 and 1939. Footage includes club and family outings to Keswick in the Lake District, Warkworth in Northumberland, the Blackpool Illuminations, the Braemar Gathering and Highland Games and other locations in Scotland. James Cameron Senior, one of the original founder members and Secretary of Newcastle & District ACA, appears in some sequences. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
A comic scenario on how not to load film in a changing bag, staged on the cliffs at Cresswell, Northumberland, by a cast and production team from the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers (ACA). The location shoot probably took place following a car rally organised by the cine club in 1963 and features scenes on the beach.
A battle of the sexes plays out on a remote country road in this sixties amateur comedy drama. Two resilient female protagonists resort to self-help to mend a puncture when their would-be rescuers prefer to hedge their bets on the outcome. The film was photographed by Walter Clark and directed by Keith Venn, members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
This amateur documentary, with commentary and music sound track, records location shoots taking place in July 1963 at Bamburgh beach for the Paramount Pictures film production of ‘Becket’, directed by Peter Glenville. In the early years of their much-publicised love affair, the famous Hollywood star Elizabeth Taylor visits Richard Burton on set. The film was produced by a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) film unit, with surprisingly close access to Taylor, film production crew including British cinematographer Geoffrey Unsworth, and actors Richard Burton, Peter O’Toole, Edward Woodward and Wilfrid Lawson.
An amateur film by Milton Newton of the 1959 Tyneside Vags Cyclo Cross race from Middleton in Northumberland. The film begins with views of competitors and spectators standing in a lane beside the Ox Inn public house. With the race underway the film shows riders crossing the Middleton Burn before racing across the Shaftoe Crags moorland estate. As well as cyclists the film also features runners taking part in the race around the 10 mile circuit. At the finish line there are views of both riders and runners completing the race and making their way back to the Ox Inn where the film ends. The first cyclist across the finish line was Wesley Clayton of the Tyne Road Club. The first runner was Jim Alder of Morpeth Harriers.
An amateur film made by Milton Newton of the 140 mile Blaydon Course as part of the British Cycling Federation National Road Race Championship. Starting from Blaydon Rugby Club the film shows riders completing four laps of the course travelling through Blaydon-on-Tyne then west to Riding Mill, south to Kiln Pit Hill and Carterway Heads and then north and east to Shotley Bridge and back to Blaydon. The final part of the film shows various prizes being awarded to the winner by Newcastle United Football Club centre-forward and Scottish International player Frank Brennen. The winner of the race is Bill Bradley from South Port (West) who is given a bicycle frame as a prize.
An amateur film by Milton Newton of the 10 mile Tyneside Vags Cyclo Cross race taking place on the Shaftoe Crags moorland estate in November 1960. The film begins with riders and spectators outside the Ox Inn in Middleton, Northumberland waiting for the race to begin. Once the race gets underway the film follows from various points along the very boggy route including views of riders crossing the Middleton Burn. The film ends with exhausted riders crossing the finish line and cleaning themselves and their bicycles of the mud which covers many head-to-foot. The winner of the race was Wesley Clayton of Tyne RC. The Vagabonds C.C. was formally established in February 1937.
An amateur film made by Milton Newton taken from an aircraft as it flies over the Hoppings Fair on Newcastle Town Moor, along the coast at Tynemouth and then west along the River Tyne from the mouth to Warden in Northumberland. The films includes views of many of the Tyne’s most iconic bridges as well several busy shipyards especially between North Shields and Newcastle. The final part of the film shows the river running though the Tyne Valley to Corbridge and Hexham and finishes on the Warden Railway Bridge.
An amateur film by Derek Mathieson showing views around the island of Lindisfarne on the Northumberland coast.