An animation by Sheila Graber based upon a story by Rudyard Kipling from the Just So Stories for Little Children series. This film explains the ebb and flow of the tides and how the crab changed from a large animal to a small one.
An animation by South Shields-born Sheila Graber based upon a story by Rudyard Kipling from the Just So Stories for Little Children series. This film explains how the lazy camel gained his hump.
This animation by South Shields-born artist Sheila Graber is based upon one of the Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories for Little Children and explains how the huge whale came to be only able to eat the smallest of things.
An animation by Sheila Graber based upon a story by Rudyard Kipling from the Just So Stories for Little Children series. This film explains how the Old Man Kangaroo got its long legs.
The first complete animation produced by Sheila Graber and set in her native South Shields. The film follows the adventures of a small boy and his cat as they walk through the snowy landscape, chase a Robin down onto the River Tyne and meet Father Christmas. The character of the boy is based upon Sheila’s nephew Nigel and the cat is based upon her own cat Whitey.
An animated film by the South Shields film maker Sheila Graber in which the boy and his cat feature in a set of adventures inspired by the lyrics of some well-known songs the boy sings. This film is a follow up to her earlier film entitled the Boy and the Cat.
A pastel animation by Sheila Graber showing the passage of time from birth to death as seen on an individual face. Starting as a baby the child morphs into a young boy and then a young man. He in turn becomes a soldier and then a working man who ages through middle age and on into old age. The film ends with the death of the man from old age and his skull eventually disappearing.
A pastel animation produced by Sheila Graber based on the Victorian ballad by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson. With commentary by Francis Carr the film loosely tells the Arthurian legend of Elaine of Astolat, a woman living in isolation inside a tower who sees the world through the reflections in a mirror. One day she sees the knight Sir Lancelot and looks towards Camelot which brings about a curse. She leaves the tower and travels to Camelot by boat but dies before reaching it.
South Shields-born animator Sheila Graber takes a humorous look at the frantic daily work schedule of the regional BBC Look North news team in Newcastle upon Tyne, from the copy desk to the producer, filming and editing to airing, building from a slow pace in the early morning to manic speed before the live studio transmission. The animation stars presenter Mike Neville. This was commissioned by BBC Look North, screened in 1977 and subsequently sold around the world.
This is the first of three documentaries in the Your Heritage series produced by Tyne Tees Television on the region's three main rivers, originally broadcast on 6 December 1962. This programme looks at the River Tyne from source to mouth, exploring both the industrial and urban life of the river as well as its historic and rural aspects.
The final of a three part Tyne Tees Television documentary presented by Mike Neville, in which he journeys down the Tees. The journey takes in the source of the river and follows the it's progress through wild countryside, small villages and towns, showing how the river Tees has contributed to peoples lives and industry. The film finally reaches the mouth of the river on the east coast where towns such as Yarm, Stockton and Middlesbrough have over the years been historic ports and the site of major heavy industries on both the north and south sides of the Tees. This edition was originally transmitted on the 11 October 1962.
This film made by students of Bede College looking at the North East alternative newspaper “Muther Grumble”. The film show views of young people walking around Durham City and shots of various pages from the newspaper. The film also includes shots of young people seated in a room, possibly the office of 'Muther Grumble', smoking and talking.
A spoof vampire movie made by students of Bede College Film & Television Department, Durham, and filmed mainly at night to practice shooting in low light. A vampire attacks a young woman in a dark alleyway and drinks her bottles of Newcastle Brown Ale rather than her blood. After an article in the Durham Advertiser about the murder, a local hero entraps the vampire, dressing up as a woman and carrying bottles of Bass Ale. After discovering the vampire's "lair", he kills the vampire.
An amateur film produced by staff and pupils of Hebburn Clegwell Boys Modern School, now Hebburn Comprehensive School, showing them putting together a production of the comic opera ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ at the school in 1952. The film shows the pupils not only rehearsing but also working to build sets and props. The film also shows the all-male cast performing various scenes from the play including a number of boys playing the Major-General’s daughters.
A Tyne Tees Television news magazine feature, an entry in the 1967 Rank Awards for British Television News Film. The models are filmed in and around buildings by architects Ryder and Yates, Norgas House and the British Gas Engineering Research Station at Killingworth in Northumberland, combining new modernist architecture with the latest 1960s fashions.
This amateur film by members of the Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) records daily episode highlights of an historical pageant of Newcastle and the North that takes place on common land in Leazes Park, Newcastle, between 20 - 25 July 1931. The event was organised by Edward Baring with pageant direction by Lionel Lightfoot. The pageant involved the re-enactment of nearly 2,000 years of history, with 6,000 performers in full period dress, a chorus of 500, and an orchestra of 100. A covered auditorium housed 4,000 spectators. Many of the costumes were designed by Theo Maling.
Amateur newsreel footage that documents the visit of famous cinema comedy duo Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy to Tynemouth in July 1932 for a civic reception. Here they preside over a charity event on the terrace at the rear of the huge Plaza Palace, which towers over Tynemouth’s Long Sands beach. Laurel and Hardy present donated gifts to 600 local children in need, who were able to come to the seaside resort for their visit thanks to the Chronicle Sunshine Fund charity. The two comedians smile and play-act throughout the mammoth task. The film was shot by Arthur G. Greaves, a member of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association.
This documentary compilation of events from 1933 was filmed by members of Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), including George Cummin. Includes footage of the aftermath of a gas explosion in Carville Street, Gateshead; the Tyneside launch of the first all welded ship, the Peter G. Campbell, a tank barge constructed by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson Ltd at their Wallsend Shipyard, unusual footage in that it is filmed from a boat on the river; the (Northumberland) County Amateur Golf Championship at High Gosforth Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne; model boat steering trials at Paddy Freeman's boating lake in Jesmond Dene in mid-summer, and women's snowball fights at Jesmond Dene in winter; barrow sellers and shops in the run up to Christmas on the Newcastle streets. The final sequence represents Christmas Day through a series of staged shots of food, drink and Christmas traditions.
This amateur drama charts the fortunes of a group of everyman characters - two building labourers, a secretary, and a family - who enter the Irish Hospitals' Sweepstake, a public charitable lottery set up to finance hospitals in Ireland. The film is something of a cautionary morality tale, which follows the influence of the windfall on the lives of the lucky winners. Includes a location shoot at Georges (Gowns), based in Northumberland Street, Newcastle, where expensive outfits are modelled for a secretary. This fiction film was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur travelogue records the landscape, architecture, interesting monuments and occasional character from the River Tyne to Northumberland, touring the North East coast from Tynemouth to Berwick on the Borders, and locations along the Tyne, Tweed and Coquet rivers. The film opens in Newcastle upon Tyne with a focus on the Geordie anthem "The Blaydon Races", and the coal and ship building industries, but then sets out to prove to Southerners and the BBC that the North is not all about heavy industries. Includes footage of Lord Armstrong's Cragside house near Rothbury, and George Snaith, a shepherd, farmer and founder member and president of the Border Stick Dressers’ Association. This film is a George Cummin and Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This amateur travelogue focuses on rural and picturesque (non-industrial) locations along the River Wear, from source in the Upper Weardale hills to the industrial river mouth at the North Sea, and the coastline from Tynemouth to the Roker lighthouse. Footage includes sequences on farming in Upper Weardale, fluorspar mining, quarrying for ganister stone, quilting in the dales, church architecture, Durham Cathedral, Raby and Brancepeth castles, Durham Regatta and the famous Durham Miners' Gala at its most popular. This film was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production, probably led by George Cummin.
An amateur film made by members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) documenting the College of Further Education Christmas Jazz Ball at the Top Rank venue, the Majestic Ballroom, in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 18 December 1963. A great variety of late 1950s and early 1960s fashions and dance styles are on show, along with footage of three traditional jazz bands: Terry Lightfoot's Jazzmen, and Newcastle jazz scene bands, River City Jazzmen and the Mighty Joe Young Jazzmen.
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.
A home movie that records a year in the life of dance band musician George Cummin and his girlfriend Norah, shot in 1936. The film includes New Year Eve’s celebrations with friends (some are members of Newcastle ACA); the Northumberland Plate Festival at Newcastle Racecourse, Gosforth Park, and the Town Moor Hoppings, both in June; shots of Peter Cummin as a baby and toddler; and a short trick film for Christmas. The couple were both members of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
Home movie of 1930s seaside holidays in Saltburn-by-the Sea on the Cleveland coast, North Yorkshire, and (probably) along the East Sussex coast, including Brighton. Includes footage of the well-known Pierrot performers Bert Grapho and Billy Jackson’s Jovial Jollies, who played the summer seasons in Saltburn from 1899 until the final performance in September 1939. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.