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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Face to Face
Marking time on a face, a swift, bleak portrait of a man from cradle to grave.
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A performance in pastel, this swiftly drawn, ever-changing portrait with sound by South Shields animator Sheila Graber layers history and time on a face. From a cry at birth to chilling silence, the torrent of images remind us of our fate at an unsettling speed. Just ‘a brief flicker between two great silences’. Face to Face screened at the London Film Festival in 1983 and won a BBC Best Animation Award in 1984.