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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A cautionary tale adds some chill to a drunk’s festive Christmas Eve.
Amateur film 1945 10 mins
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An older, wiser man warns his companion against the ‘demon drink’ in this darkly comic winter’s tale for the festive season. In a local inn, he recounts the story of a formidable mother on the Temperance trail who administers a short, sharp shock to a son spooked by one too many on a cold Christmas Eve.
This ‘story’ film is part of an eclectic and unique collection, which dates back to those pioneering early decades of amateur cinematography. In 1927 James Cameron gathered together a group of men and women (four of each) interested in making moving pictures. They formed the Newcastle branch of the Amateur Cinematographers Association, one of only five in Britain at the time. Against all the odds, the club still exists today.
Is This Your Life?
Amateur film 1957 9 mins
An unusual and visually sophisticated commentary on the routine drabness and drudgery of everyday suburban existence.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1973 11 mins
Are the times a-changin', or are we getting old? This amateur cartoon delves into the dreams of the Cashworthy family.
Howway the Lasses
Documentary 1977 1 mins Location: Northumberland
This jaunty hand-drawn animation charts the history of womens revolutionary road to freedom in the North East - from Stone Age sister to suffragette of the twentieth century.
Larn Yersel' Geordie
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1980 11 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Learn how to speak Geordie with a riotous animation of Scott Dobsons popular vernacular lessons.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1964 3 mins
Petty party politics gets animated - literally - in this amateur cartoon with a message.
Amateur film 1977 24 mins
Extra-terrestrial plantlife is discovered in the Welsh countryside causing mischief for scientist Dr Felix Ackerman, filmed in 1977.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Never Put Off Till Tomorrow What Can be Done To-Day
Comedy 1938 6 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
It’s no use crying over spilt ink ... a cautionary comic office tale of calamity and dilly-dallying on Tyneside.
Amateur film 1965 5 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A young boy’s generosity costs him dear when he is conned out of his mother’s cash for ice cream.
Magazine and Review show 1976 3 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A ringside seat in Newcastle upon Tyne to see some women warriors of wrestling in a 1970s All Stars promotion.
Ivy Was Doing the Washing When They Came
Comedy 1962 12 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A surreal 60s soapbox mockery of advertising and the traditional British washday? It’s anyone’s guess!
Clock-wise or a Good Start for the Day
Advert 2 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Start the day the Andrews way with a strikingly crisp cartoon advertising a Toon tonic in Technicolor.
City of Newcastle C.B.S. Annual Show
Amateur film 1956 7 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Bird fanciers converge in Newcastle for the annual battle of the budgies.
Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting Q&A for Shakespeare Lives
Inside Film 2016 31 mins
The stars of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet are reunited on stage for the first time since 1968 as part of the BFI and British Council’s Shakespeare on Film.
Amateur film 1965 11 mins Location: Redhill Aerodrome
The skies above Redhill are abuzz with planes as the fliers of Surrey's Tiger Club perform an aerial show for the crowds below
Brighton Seaside - Airshow & Silver Jubilee in Bromley
Amateur film 1977 11 mins Location: Brighton
Tony Mitchell captures a variety of events during Jubilee year - including day trips to Brighton and a bunting covered London as well as an accident at an airshow
This is Bournemouth
Promotional 1969 17 mins Location: Bournemouth
Bournemouth. A holiday resort that’s got the lot. Sunshine, sandy beaches, gardens, shops, fine dining and entertainment - with sports stars and a few beauty queens thrown in
The Building of the Eastern Road flyover on the M27
Amateur film 1970 7 mins Location: Hilsea
The roads around Portsmouth are about to be transformed with concrete and steel in this 1970 film from W J Evans.
A Tour of Conservative Wards in Southampton
Amateur film 1935 14 mins Location: Southampton
A Tory MP and his wife meet their female battalions in a tour of Southampton's wards - while Stanley Baldwin lends his own support at an outdoor fete