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.
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.
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 amateur film documents a 1960 safety rally run from Durham Light Infantry’s Brancepeth Camp in County Durham. Some of the competitors were also members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). Vehicles are observed at various points on the rally route and marked on their adherence to the Highway Code. At the finish, cars are tested on reversing into an enclosed space. This film may have been a commission, produced by George Cummin with film units from Newcastle & District ACA.
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 holiday footage of a Mediterranean cruise on the P & O Line RMS Strathmore ocean liner, probably filmed in August 1936, calling at Gibraltar, Malta, Algeria, and Lisbon, Portugal. Footage includes a distant view of the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg. This may have been shot by James Cameron Senior or his son. Cameron was a founder member and Secretary of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
Two petty crooks work an ingenious scam in a policeman’s last days on the Force before retirement. This award-winning amateur comedy is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production. The home scenes were filmed in the home of the director, George Henderson at Moor Crescent, Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne.
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.
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.
This short fiction film features Oakenshaw Welfare Drama Group as members of the cast and was produced by amateur filmmakers Keith Venn and George Coates. A group of local picnickers are enlisted as sleuths when a villainous gamekeeper and his accomplice are discovered to have stolen an aristocrat’s necklace and try to escape. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection. Keith Venn was a long standing member of Newcastle ACA and the IAC (Institute of Amateur Cinematographers).
An undercover policeman poses as a guitar player at Club Victor to help bust a drugs ring. He is outwitted by the green-fingered nightclub owner but finds a new vocation as a musician. This comic musical thriller was produced by Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) and directed by a former dance band musician, George Cummin, who also wrote the songs. Club Victor is staged at the ACA headquarters on Ship’s Entry, off Cloth Market, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, George and Norah Cummin take a retrospective look at their lives during World War Two using amateur film, commercial newsreel footage and cartoons. The couple were members of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
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 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.
This Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) compilation of documentary footage (and outtakes), shot between 1929 and the early 1930s, features various local events including an air show at Cramlington Aerodrome (home of the Newcastle Aero Club); the opening of the North East Coast Exhibition of Industry, Science and Art in Newcastle upon Tyne on Tuesday 14 May 1929; highlights of an historical pageant of Newcastle and the North that takes place at Leazes Park, Newcastle, between 20 - 25 July 1931; the final of Northumberland Amateur Golf Championship 16 June 1934; YMCA Sports in Newcastle on 15 July 1933 featuring Olympics runner Alec Burns; the Tynemouth Swimming Club Gala on 12 August, 1933; Northumberland v. English Bowling Association bowling matches in Gosforth on 18 September 1933; brief footage of potshare bowling on the Town Moor, Newcastle; and a staged celebration for the birthday of James Cameron Senior, one of the founders of the Newcastle & District ACA.
A group of cleaners disturb a burglar breaking in to the safe at their employer’s house and attempt a citizen’s arrest. A car chase ensues after the burglar escapes. This comedy short is a 1960s Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
Compilation of amateur footage and outtakes, which includes the commemorative Victory Parade that took place in Newcastle upon Tyne on 8th June 1946, filmed by members of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), including George Cranston. Also includes shots of Newcastle streets decorated for the coronation celebrations for Queen Elizabeth II in June 1953.
An amateur film by Maurice Clyde showing the landing of the last Vulcan XL319 aircraft at Sunderland Airport at Usworth near Sunderland on the 21st January 1983.
An amateur film made by a member of the Chester-le-Street Amateur Cine Society showing edited highlights of Sunderland Air Day in 1980. Mainly light aircraft are seen in the first half of the film, the latter half more military aircraft, including some from World War Two as well as more modern RAF planes.
This film by Ronald Pringle shows excursions and holidays in Scotland, between the years 1972 and 1973, taking in theScottish Highlands and coastal destinations as well as events at an air show. Other sections are taken presumably at the filmmaker’s garden at home.
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.
Filmmaker Ronald Pringle revisits some old and new destinations in this film of holidays and excursions in Scotland. Some familiar places from previous films appear again as the family visit favourite haunts.
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.
An amateur film made by Betty Cook showing the presentation of a new standard to the 608 Squadron taking place a Middleton St. George RAF Station on the 1st November 1959. The standard is now on display at York Minster.