A well-dressed wife cheats on her husband during a holiday alone in Tynemouth and plots to keep the fur coat she receives as a gift from her young lover. Her husband indulges in a little subterfuge of his own. This amateur drama was a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production. It was commended by the Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC) and Scottish Amateur Film Festival in 1953. Film locations include Durham railway station and the Park Hotel, Tynemouth.
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).
A man’s summer skinny-dip leads to romance on the beach in this sweet comedy filmed by Keith Venn, a member of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). The film won 2nd prize in the 1962 IAC North East Regional Film Competition and won the Newcastle ACA’s Norman Stonehouse Trophy in 1963.
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.
These two reels contain different screen tests or rehearsals filmed at the Ship’s Entry headquarters of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA). Amateur actors perform a burglary scene from the cine club's production and are filmed from a variety of angles.
Made by Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), this comedy short follows the mischievous exploits of two boys who try to sabotage their neighbour’s picnic outing by tampering with his car.
This surreal comedy short is a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA) production. A strange psychiatrist practices on an accident-prone patient but self-help proves the solution to the man’s problems.
A kind young boy is conned into giving away his mother’s money on the way to the shops. This touching amateur fiction was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production, directed by Joe Clark.
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.
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.
A canny housewife doesn’t get caught by cold calling when a doorstep salesman visits her suburban home, probably in Gosforth, Newcastle upon Tyne. She buys what she really needs. Or is Andy just a super salesman? This short comedy sketch was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) film production.
Everyone thinks they’re an expert in this amusing amateur instructional film with staged scenarios, which illustrates some do’s and don’ts of cine camera use. Includes footage of Newcastle’s new Civic Centre. This small-gauge film was produced by members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
This amateur instructional film, with a staged scenario involving a film scriptwriter and toothache, is one of several made on small-gauge film by the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) as an introduction for new members, and probably as a filmmaking exercise itself.
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.
Made by Leonard Winter, this amateur film documents a fun camping trip in the 1930s with teenagers in the West Norwood Cycling Club, staying at a farm near Chiddingstone, Kent, and spending time on the Sussex coast at Lancing. Leonard Winter later joined the Cleveland Cine Club and lived in Middlesbrough. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
An amateur film by Ken Christie of the sea trials of the fishing trawler Japonica in 1961. The trawler was built by T. Mitchison Ltd of Gateshead and launched on the 22nd November 1960, completed February 1961. Mr Christie worked for DECCA Marine Radar and was on board representing his company as part of the ships sea trials.
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.
This newsreel style film covers the visit of Jimmy Carter, President of the United States, and British Prime Minister, James Callaghan, to Washington Old Hall on May 6th 1977, and the Silver Jubilee visit of Queen Elizabeth II and husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, to Washington New Town on July 15th, 1977. This amateur ‘double-barrelled’ documentary was shot and edited by Michael Gough, Head of Education Services in Sunderland and a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association since 1972. It was entered in the Movie Maker magazine “Ten Best” competition in 1978 and won the Minolta Trophy for Best Editing.
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 made by Milton Newton of the 50 mile Newcastle Rag Week Road Race. The film begins with riders following a procession of costumed students some playing in a marching band through the streets of Fenham in Newcastle upon Tyne. Following the start of the race the film shows a number of views from around the course of the riders as well as an entourage of other vehicles passing spectators heading towards Westerhope, Newburn and Denton Burn. The film ends with three riders crossing the finish near to Newcastle University with the winner, Bill Batty of Tyne Velo Road Cycling Club, being presented with a trophy by a young woman,
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.
Made by amateur filmmaker Robert Brunger, this compilation records the 1974 Skelton Carnival, which was introduced in 1966 to unite villagers in Cleveland’s ironstone mining region. Skelton teens parade in platform boots with glam rock props, and there are juvenile jazz bands and a Carnival Queen in this July parade of floats. The parade snakes down the High Street to the recreation ground, where events include motorcycle stunt riders in Native American costume and a giant hot-air balloon that takes to the skies. The compilation also includes general views of the Skinningrove Works in 1970 under British Steel Corporation’s public ownership.