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.
An amateur film made by D.M. Paulin of the Northumberland Boy Scouts showing activities and events taking place at their permanent camp site at Gosforth Park near Newcastle upon Tyne between 1957 and 1961. The film also records the visits by two Chief Scouts to the region. The first is of Thomas Corbett who visited Humshaugh near Hexham in Northumberland in June 1957 to dedicate a stone cairn built on the site of the first scout camp in 1908. The second visit is of Sir Charles Maclean who took part in the Northumberland and Durham Scout Rally at Gosforth Park in July 1961. The film also records the participation of the Northumberland Boy Scouts at the 9th World Scout Jubilee Jamboree which took place at Sutton Coldfield in August 1957.
An amateur film made by Milton Newton of the 70 mile Dunston C.C. Road Race through the Tyne Valley starting from Blaydon. The film begins with riders preparing for the start of the race. This is followed by views of riders travelling towards Stocksfield, Blanchland, Edmundbyers, Shotley Bridge and back towards Blaydon. The film ends with cyclists crossing the finish line watched by spectators and relaxing after the race.
A film made by the British Coal Video Unit in March 1994 to celebrate the retirement of the four pit horses still working at Ellington Colliery near Ashington in Northumberland. The film shows the horses at work underground at Ellington before being brought to the surface to the waiting media. The film ends with them being taken to their new stables not far from the mine itself.
An amateur film made by Maurice Clyde of two flights aboard a light aircraft taking in views across the region both north and south of Newcastle Airport. In the first flight the aircraft flies north along the Northumberland coast from Walkworth to Berwick-upon-Tweed. The second flight flying south takes in Chester-Le-Street and Durham City, then onwards to the coast and Seaham and Sunderland before heading back to Newcastle.
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.
A man discovers an eye with dysfunctional magical powers washed up on a beach. This amateur comedy uses trick photography and was produced by Middlesbrough filmmaker, Leonard Winter. Leonard, his wife Jean and daughter Maureen also star in the film. It was filmed during a post World War Two seaside trip to Druridge Bay in Northumberland, and features wartime anti-invasion defence structures on the beach. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
This film by Ronald Pringle records excursions into mainly Scottish countryside and coastal areas. The only excursion outside of Scotland is a visit to Lindisfarne, in Northumberland.
This film by Ronald Pringle records holiday and excursion footage taken in Scotland. From ornamental gardens, to beauty spots in the countryside and the coast plus a visit to an airshow and across the border to Lindisfarne, favourite destinations appear again in this film.
An amateur film made by Victor Sidney Carman of various events of relevance to him taking place during 1951. The film records a family trip to the beach at Whitley Bay and views of terraced streets both in Wallsend and Batley in West Yorkshire where children are filmed playing in empty plots possibly the result of World War Two bomb damage. Nurses pose with children at a hospital near Morpeth and a boy takes a bike ride near Alnwick Castle in Northumberland. The film ends with crowds looking over two Royal Navy ships moored along the Newcastle Quayside.
A short amateur film made by Victor Sidney Carman looking at the countryside around the town of Hexham and the river Tyne in Northumberland. People play a ball game on a cricket pitch and views around Hexham itself.
A home movie believed to have been made by Victor Sidney Carman focusing on a young family between 1968 and 1975. The film follows the progress of a girl and boy from babies showing them often playing on a swing or a slide in a children's play area at Heaton in Newcastle. They are also filmed with their mother at Hexham and South Shields. The film also records a number of steam rallies as well as a visit by the Sir Nigel Gresley steam train to the region.
This film made by South Shields filmmaker Lilian Wincote looks at a number of locations in the North Pennines where lead mining once took place.
This film by South Shields amateur filmmaker Lilian Wincote is about the village of Ovingham in Northumberland and includes it's famous Goose Fair, which has ancient origins. The film also gives an impression of village life.
This short film by South Shields filmmaker Lilian Wincote concentrates on the traditional New Years celebrations in Allendale, Northumberland. The celebrations involve tar barrels, set on fire and paraded around the village.
An amateur film made by members of the Cleveland Cine Club of a trip to the Farne Islands on the 29th June 1969. From the village of Seahouses the group travel by fishing boat, first to Inner Farne and then onto Staple Island. They visit St Cuthbert’s Chapel, but the majority of the film focuses on the wildlife and the many breeding sea birds and their chicks including terns, arctic terns, kittiwakes, European shag’s, puffins, cormorants and grey seals.
A home movie produced by Eddie Nelson from the Cleveland Cine Club between 1981 and 1983 showing a young family and the growth of their son from a new-born baby to toddler.
A short promotional film, possibly by Jim Steel of Selldeck Ltd, showing his newly manufactured bale-handling sled working in a field near to the company’s base at East Moorhouse Farm, near the village of Matfen in Northumberland.
A home movie by Maurice Brunton of a family holiday, possibly on the Northumberland coast.
A home movie by Austen McOlvin Laws of a family trip into the Northumberland countryside near to Hadrian’s Wall and at home in the Fenham area of Newcastle on the 24th May 1952.