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Christmas Story

A cautionary tale adds some chill to a drunk’s festive Christmas Eve.

Amateur film 1945 10 mins Silent

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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.