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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Fangs for the Memory
A vampire with a taste for the demon drink prowls the dark alleys and subterranean cellars of Durham in the 1970s.
Student film 1970 8 mins
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A hard-drinking vampire meets his nemesis in a hippie slayer in drag. This student parody of English urban Gothic horror was filmed in shadowy locations around Durham in the 1970s. The debauched creature of the night bears a striking resemblance to glam pop star Roy Wood of Wizzard fame … and appears to be wearing flares.
Fangs for the Memory was an exercise in low-light cinematography, produced by students as part of the pioneering Film and Television course at Durham University’s Bede College, run by film historian Dr David Williams MBE. It was filmed on location around historic Gilesgate and St Bede College, and also the night-time modern pedestrian walkways of Leazes Road, built in 1967. In his celebrated 1934 travelogue An English Journey, author J.B. Priestley described Durham’s “baleful dark bulk of castle, which makes the city look like some place in a Gothic tale of blood and terror”.
Gothic: The Dark Heart of Film
The Mistletoe Bough
Fantasy 1904 9 mins Silent
Discover a haunted gem, the earliest film of the Christmas ghost story The Mistletoe Bough. Guaranteed to spook a whole new generation over a hundred years after its creation. With new music by Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne, commissioned by the BFI.
Two-faced Killer: A Modern Thriller
Amateur film 1951 5 mins Silent
Amateur award-winning dramatic thriller influenced by 1940s Universal Horror movies and made by husband and wife team John and Dede Wright.
Things We Leave Behind
Horror 2009 16 mins
For whom does the bell toll? A man discovers a dreadful secret among his late father's belongings.
Hand in Glove
Amateur film 1976 12 mins
To carry on his important work the ego-maniacal scientist Dr Kelly must obtain another hand … a hand which begins to take on a life of its own.
Horror 2009 10 mins
A hungry zombie finds love while terrorising teenage campers in this gruesome but fun twist on the zombie movie.
The Mistletoe Bough (Short Version)
2013 3 mins
A delightful Christmas adaptation of a classic ghost story with new music by Pete Wiggs of Saint Etienne, commissioned by the BFI.
Promotional 1987 4 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A big Geordie welcome to the north east from comrades at NERIAC.
Amateur film 1965 9 mins Silent Location: Durham
Looking down the line on Durham station as the diesel age gathers pace on British railways.
Amateur film 1952 16 mins Silent Location: Durham
Fur flies in a delightfully cynical 1950s cine club comedy about marriage and infidelity.
A Pocketful of Fear
Amateur film 1963 11 mins Silent Location: West Boldon
Buckle up for some asphalt angst on a tense 1960s road trip on and off the A19.
800 Years A City
Amateur film 1979 15 mins Location: Durham
‘Soak the Serf’ for 3 groats along with the revellers and laughing nuns at Durham City’s 800th anniversary celebrations.
Downstream Through Durham
Amateur film 1957 33 mins Silent Location: Killhope Moor
Banners and brass and North Country quilters: just some of the working class traditions and crafts encountered on a trip along the River Wear.
Without Bounds to Beat
Documentary 2019 9 mins
Without Bounds to Beat is an experimental documentary that recounts a town’s revival of an ancient folk tradition, placing it in contrast to today’s digital technologies.
Drama 2019 12 mins
An upbeat drama about 14-year-old oddball Toni who is having a tough time with the bullies at school. One day, the internet and a passion for performance saves her.
Janitor of Lunacy
Drama 2019 12 mins
A young woman descends into a digital wormhole via her obsession with a BDSM account run by an unknown user.
Drama 2019 7 mins
A drama set in the near future where virtual reality allows a person to see life through the eyes of someone very different, which questions whether experiences become shared or commodified.
Drama 2019 7 mins
In search of an identity, Candy wanders through the digital landscape, leaving fragments of herself behind in this experimental short drama.
Documentary 2019 11 mins
A documentary on one of Scotland’s most isolated and breathtaking islands, where all 35 residents prepare for the remarkable roll-out of fibre-optic broadband.
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