The Yorkshire Film Archive collects, preserves, and shows film made in, or about Yorkshire. Our collections are non-fiction, dating from the 1890s to the present day, and providing a rich and visually compelling record of all aspects of lives, cultures, landscape, industries, major events and everyday activities, many of which are available to watch, free of charge, on our website.
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Dracula and the Turn of the Tide
What connects a vampire count and feuding fishing families? Five miles of coastline, storms at sea, and two contrasting imaginations.
Documentary 1981 26 mins
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The association of Whitby with Bram Stoker’s Dracula is fairly well-known; the writer Leo Walmsley less so. Michael Clegg takes us on a journey around the places that inspired both authors, Whitby and Robin Hood’s Bay, just five miles apart on the Yorkshire coast. With the help of excerpts from two films based on their novels, ‘Turn of the Tide’ (1935), and ‘Scars of Dracula’ (1970), Clegg provides a guide to their work and the very different tales they have to tell.
What also connects the stories of Bram Stoker and Leo Walmsley is a common theme: intrusion of the foreign. In the case of Dracula, this is obvious enough, with the arrival on the shore at Whitby of an undead from Eastern Europe. Yet for the parochial small village of Robin Hood’s Bay, even those from nearby Whitby might be considered foreigners. The novels of Walmsley depict the insularity of this community, especially in his semi-autobiographical novel, ‘Foreigners’: "You might have your father and your grandfather born in the place and yet you’d still be a foreigner, unless you did everything exactly the same way they did it." And of course Bram Stoker, being Irish, would have been viewed as much more so.
Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film
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Horror 1955 19 mins
Christopher Lee in perhaps his earliest supernatural screen role, as a ghost who returns from the grave to seek revenge.
Science Fiction 1964 26 mins Location: Comber
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Animation & Artists Moving Image 2012 4 mins
Gothic-tinged animation, presenting the final day of a fox, who is being sentenced to death for murdering his rabbit lover.
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Amateur film 1968 7 mins Location: Whitby
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Home movie 1964 31 mins Silent Location: Leeds
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Documentary 1965 23 mins Silent Location: Whitby
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Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
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Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
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Documentary 1905 4 mins
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Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
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Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
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1912 5 mins Silent
Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.