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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Ace of Clubs
A celebration of the club that refuses to die a new ICI Synthonia Club building rises from the rubble of a World War Two bomb.
Cinemagazine 1957 8 mins
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A bomb hit the Synthonia Club in the early hours of the 7th July 1943 the theatre was in ruins. But as the Club Manager recalls in a rich Northern brogue, the bar luckily survived. This stirring film celebrates the 35 year history of a recreational club, known to ICI workers as the Ace of Clubs. A punchy collage of sports, including the Synners Football Club in action, introduces the resilient Billingham spirit as a new club building rises from the rubble of World War Two.
The short documentaries made by Billingham Film Unit reflect the rich communal sporting and recreational culture encouraged at ICI, centred on the Synthonia Club. The English striker and football manager Brian Clough worked as a junior clerk at ICI Casebournes cement works and joined the Billingham Synners FC, playing in the amateur Northern League during 1953. It has been said jokily that the international running track was handily located so that errant apprentices could run off a few pints of Camerons after a visit to the Synthonia. In 1961 a Times correspondent described the club as the largest public house in Britain.
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Advert 1943 2 mins
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Advert 1940 2 mins
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Advert 1941 4 mins
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Advert 1946 2 mins Silent
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Advert 1949 2 mins
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Advert 1942 6 mins
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Promotional 1970 16 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
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Amateur film 1966 5 mins Location: Billingham
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London Line Colour Series 2 - No. 71 - Burns Night London Line Colour Series 2 - No. 71 - Burns Night
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Advert 1985 2 mins
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Promotional 2019 10 mins
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1935 16 mins
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Advert 1946 1 mins Silent
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Advert 1962 0 mins Location: Rhyl
Cinema advertisement for Marine Lake & Ocean Beach, Rhyl, a popular destination for crowds set on a day's fun on free rides.
Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr Local Cinema Advertisements - Blaenau Ffestiniog and Merthyr
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Who could deny these advertising claims: "Attractive hair is the ambition of every woman", and "Your family will enjoy Lincoln potatoes"?
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