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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Larn Yersel' Geordie
Learn how to speak Geordie with a riotous animation of Scott Dobsons popular vernacular lessons.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1980 11 mins
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The innovative North East writer Scott Dobson first applied the word Geordie to Tyneside dialect in his book of 1969, a vernacular parody of elocution exercises. To celebrate 10 years since the publication of the popular Larn Yersel Geordie, the skilled animator Sheila Graber collaborated with Dobson on this wonderfully anarchic graphic animation for Tyne Tees TV (very Monty Python), which takes an irreverent look at Geordie culture and language.
This traditional photo-collage and hand-drawn cel animation was based on Scott Dobsons original art work. Dobson recorded the script in one take in his kitchen, his wife ad-libbing the closing lines. The fun interplay of text and image taps into the aesthetic of underground publications of the 1960s and of 70s punk zines. Sheila Graber gained international recognition for her animations of Rudyard Kiplings Just So Stories, commissioned by Nicole Jouve of Interama, agent for The Magic Roundabout, and broadcast worldwide to great acclaim. She went on to win several major awards from the Royal Television Society, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.
Amateur film 1994 8 mins Location: Harlesden
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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.
Documentary 1977 1 mins Location: Northumberland
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.
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 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.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Advert 1957 1 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Little Andy takes the speedy way to sparkling good health in a zippy 50s cartoon advertisement for Andrews Liver Salts.
Promotional 1970 16 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Tuning into the biggest consumer market for television advertising in Britain with Trident TV.
Son of Plain - Advertising Man's Guide to Tyne Tees Television Son of Plain - Advertising Man's Guide to Tyne Tees Television
Promotional 1964 11 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Is comedian Clive Dunn the Don Draper of the British advertising world? Watch this imaginative Tyne Tees TV marketing film and decide.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
All the fun of the fair in this Victorian film, made in the early years of Newcastle's famous Hoppings
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A marching band leads the parades with the Boer War still raging
News 1970 17 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Being wheelchair users is not a barrier to these children doing slaloms or throwing javelins, gaining confidence and changing perceptions.
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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