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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Howway the Lasses
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.
Documentary 1977 1 mins
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South Shields born animator Sheila Graber takes a wry look at the ups and downs of womens quest for emancipation. Along the way, we meet some of the North Easts true pioneers Northumbrian Jacobite heroine Dorothy Forster, gutsy Grace Darling, Labour class warrior and Jarrow crusader, Ellen Wilkinson, and the militant suffragette, Connie Lewcock. The title is the message, which subverts a popular Geordie chant: Get a move on lasses!
After Grabers animations screened on national and regional television including BBC Look North in 1975, Tyne Tees Television producer Heather Ging requested Howway the Lasses for the series Come In If You Can Get In. It featured in an edition on the history of women in the North East. Over the years Graber moved from pastel to pixels and the world of computer animation, from amateur experimentation after work, (in her own words a bit like Tony Hancock in The Rebel), to professional commissions and an international reputation. She was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Royal Television Society in 2004.
Amateur film 1994 8 mins Location: Harlesden
A female protagonist falls prey to the ‘Shadowman’, who stalks his victim before attack. Uses stop-motion animation as well as live action.
Amateur film 1961 14 mins Silent
A surrealistic animation featuring cut-out characters on a beserk bicycle ride through Sussex towards a final destination in the Brighton Dome.
Amateur film 1957 9 mins Silent
An unusual and visually sophisticated commentary on the routine drabness and drudgery of everyday suburban existence.
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 1981 2 mins
The puzzle that kick-started the 1980s comes to life in this amateur animation.
Amateur film 1953 12 mins Silent Location: Northumberland
Comedy catch of the day: cod-acting in a fishy tale with the Nouveau-Château cine club.
1981 29 mins Location: Devon
Conservationists stand guard as the National Trust and National Trust for Scotland keep a vigilant watch on the UK’s coastline
Amateur film 1963 6 mins Silent Location: Northumberland
A skinny dip on the north east coast leads to romance and footsie on the beach.
Comedy 1965 5 mins Location: Northumberland
Gender relations take a turn for the worse on a country road in the North East.
Amateur film 1946 7 mins Silent Location: Northumberland
There’s no place like home … a beautiful Kodachrome tale of a childhood quest.
Amateur film 1937 2 mins Silent Location: Northumberland
Jewish children enjoy the warm Northumbrian sunshine as the rise of Fascism in Europe threatens peacetime.
Industry sponsored film 1960 24 mins
A new luxury express is put through its paces. This film looks over the shoulders of the select band of craftsmen, engineers and operators, whose combined skills try to ensure that a train journey is a delightful experience.
Documentary 1973 15 mins
British Transport Films record the varied daily lives of their neighbours as seen from the high roof of their building in London’s Marylebone.
Industry sponsored film 1957 20 mins
Illustrating the efficiency of express freight trains, and how they link manufacturers with their customers at the other end of Britain.
Documentary 1952 30 mins
Examining a day in the life of what was then the busiest railway system in the world – British Railways.
Travelogue 1953 21 mins Location: York
The Stationmaster at York guides us through a typical day, from dawn to dusk.
Industry sponsored film 1957 9 mins
A 1957 film examining the future for British Railways, and some of the opportunities provided by a new modernisation plan.
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