The North East Film Archive is one of a network of regional film archives established to collect, preserve and show film made in, or about the North East of England. Our collections are non-fiction, and date from the early 1900s to the present day, providing a rich record of life in the region over the 20th century. Many of our films are available to watch, free of charge, on our website.
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13 November 1967: Martin Luther King Interview
A rare interview with Dr Martin Luther King casts fresh light on black British broadcast history.
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This is a rare interview with a giant in the American civil rights movement: Dr Martin Luther King. Unseen for decades, Clyde Alleyne questions the dignified activist about British racism within months of his tragic assassination. King had just accepted an Honorary Doctorate at Newcastle University. Clyde Alleyne was Britain’s first black TV news reporter, a forgotten pioneer on Tyne Tees TV before breakthroughs for Barbara Blake Hannah and Trevor McDonald.
Whilst Martin Luther King needs no introduction, Clyde Alleyne’s small but significant step for black British culture, and towards racial equality in British news broadcasting, is not remembered. Like Trevor McDonald, news anchor on ITV, he got his start on Trinidad and Tobago Television, launched in 1962, where he interviewed leading political personalities, and top entertainers such as Louis Armstrong and The Beatles. Only 27 years old, Alleyne joined Tyne Tees Television in May 1967 working on both the Six Five and Late Look news programmes. Less than a year later, right-wing Conservative Enoch Powell made black immigration a major issue with his incendiary ‘rivers of blood’ speech.
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The turbulent life and death of championship boxer Randolph Turpin.
Magazine and Review show 1986 7 mins Location: West Bromwich
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Non-Fiction 1965 5 mins Location: Handsworth
A stark reminder from Handsworth of the intolerance and hatred that darkened the streets of 1960s Britain.
Magazine and Review show 1983 25 mins Location: Bloomsbury
The Gay Black Group - reasserting culture and identity on two levels.
Home movie 1960 39 mins Silent Location: Butetown
Tiger Bay in Cardiff's docks area: a successful, multi-cultural community, providing a variety of activities, but which is threatened by 'slum' clearance.
Documentary 1975 12 mins
Interesting doc following the Black Theatre of Brixton, which produced more black plays in two years than the whole of English theatre had in the previous twenty-five.
Promotional 1970 16 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Tuning into the biggest consumer market for television advertising in Britain with Trident TV.
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Promotional 1964 11 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Is comedian Clive Dunn the Don Draper of the British advertising world? Watch this imaginative Tyne Tees TV marketing film and decide.
Advert 1957 1 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Little Andy takes the speedy way to sparkling good health in a zippy 50s cartoon advertisement for Andrews Liver Salts.
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A marching band leads the parades with the Boer War still raging
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
All the fun of the fair in this Victorian film, made in the early years of Newcastle's famous Hoppings
News 1970 17 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Being wheelchair users is not a barrier to these children doing slaloms or throwing javelins, gaining confidence and changing perceptions.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
Plotting world domination, Devil Doctor Fu-Manchu steals plans for a new aero-torpedo in this earliest surviving thrill-a-minute serial instalment.
Inside Film 2024 16 mins
Filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall discuss their documentary Scala!!!, revisiting the legendary and inspirational cinema venue and some of the most notorious films that screened there.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.