In 1934, the distinguished members of the gentlemen’s Pen and Palette Club, Newcastle upon Tyne, enjoy trips to the Farne Islands bird reserves off the coast of Northumberland, and to the Northumbrian country mansion. Kirkley Hall, located just outside Ponteland. This amateur film was shot by a member of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA).
This 1930s 3-reel compilation contains random footage of a fox hunt meeting, Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, and a horsewoman practising jumps and amongst cattle, probably filmed in Northumberland, and a record of a pageant held in Warkworth Castle where men, women and children re-enact significant events in Borders history. This film is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
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).
Compilation of outtakes and trims from various films produced by George Cummin with members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) between 1952 and 1967. Also contains brief production scenes from two ACA productions: “A Fishing Tale” and “Sound Effects”.
The Lambton Film Group made this amateur film about adults who join a course in filmmaking at Lambton Castle Adult Education College, including a man who is endlessly late for everything. Contains footage of the students filming courses taking place at the college including cookery, dance and archery classes. The students are tutored by veteran amateur filmmaker George Cummin, a member of Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA).
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 is a compilation of amateur documentary footage of Newcastle upon Tyne’s People’s Theatre, shot in the late 1950s and early 1960s, which looks at the company’s final days at a chapel in Rye Hill and the refurbishment and move to the former Lyric Cinema on Stephenson Road, Heaton, in 1962. This footage is part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) collection.
A valuable necklace is stolen – but where is the thief? Fuelled by pulp fiction, a rich woman’s imagination goes into overdrive after her brush with a poor man on a Newcastle street. This amateur thriller with a twist was a 1930s Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production
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.
This comedy is based on the audio spoofs scripted by US humourist Stan Freberg with Daws Butler, which combined the tales of ‘St George and the Dragon’ and ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ with the popular American 1950s radio -TV detective series Dragnet. Little Blue Riding Hood is accused of trafficking "goodies" by Detective Sergeant Joe Wednesday, a character based on "Joe" Friday, the fictional Dragnet detective. The film uses the 1953 recording by Freberg and Daws as a soundtrack along with the trademark musical themes of Dragnet and also the James Bond movies. A transcript of the sound track is included with the viewing list. This film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
This film celebrates the work of the Tyneside Film Society (TFS) on their 25th anniversary. It was commissioned from members of the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) with producer Heini Przibram from the TFS.
This comedy chronicles the misadventures of an amateur tape recordist who undertakes to provide sound effects for a local drama group's production starring his wife. This was a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production, directed by former dance band musician, George Cummin.
An amateur record of entertainment highlights of the 1951 Gang Show at the Theatre Royal, Newcastle upon Tyne, a variety show of song, dance and comedy or theatrical sketches by youth members and leaders of the Boy Scouts, which also includes footage of rehearsals, administration and work behind the scenes during the performance. The film was a Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
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 documentary records the changing city of Newcastle upon Tyne and surrounding areas through urban decline and renewal in 1984, and some of the special events taking place that year, including the Hoppings, the Great North Run and the arrival of the Golden Hinde on the Tyne. Footage includes the dismantling of the Old Redheugh Bridge; the repainting of the Tyne Bridge; construction of the Metro Centre, Gateshead; development of the Nissan car manufacturing plant; closures of Woolworths, Fenwicks, Callers and J T Parrish department stores, the ABC Haymarket Cinema and Wills cigarette factory; and the new Eldon Square shopping centre. Signs of industrial action at Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend are also documented. The film is a Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) production.
Amateur footage ‘behind the scenes’ on some of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association (ACA) film productions. Also includes a record of the refurbishment of the cine club’s headquarters at Ship Entry’s, off Bigg Market, the opening, and a launch event to attract members at the club’s new temporary headquarters in the YMCA.
This amateur documentary with some commentary records The Lord Mayor's grand parade to inaugurate the Newcastle Festival of 1971. It was commissioned from the Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) by the Tyneside Junior Chamber of Commerce (TJCC).
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.
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 video by Derek Mathieson from Darlington Video Makers Club was produced in co-operation with Darlington Library to help celebrate their 130th anniversary.
An amateur film made by Cliff Lyon of an open day at the Sunderland Maritime Heritage centre on Church Street in Sunderland in 2008. The film follows those in attendance looking around at exhibits and listening to members of the society talking about the history of shipbuilding in the city. The film includes an informal interview with a one of the visitors, George Jackson a former shipbuilder from Glasgow who talks about his experiences working on Royal Navy vessels built on the Clyde in the build-up to and during World War Two.
A short comic film by Michael Gough, with wife Linda behind the camera, of a BBC North East film crew shooting members of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers' Association (ACA) shooting a film on the Gateshead Quayside. The BBC production entitled ‘Moviesmakers Special’ was a special programme transmitted in 1977 as part of the association’s 50th anniversary. The film features Michael Gough as the main protagonist of the ACA film and the film switches between each of the two film crews in a disjointed manner.