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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Launch of M.S. Joseph R. Smallwood 11th July 1972
The Swan Hunter shipyard celebrates the launch of a tanker built to serve the Come By Chance oil refinery in Newfoundland.
Industry sponsored film 1972 9 mins Silent
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The Seaburn Sea Cadets drum up a storm at the launch of the Joseph R Smallwood from Swan Hunters shipyard in Hebburn, a tanker named after the premier of Newfoundland. This was familiar territory for local production house Turners who had worked on film commissions for Swan Hunters since the 1950s. The tanker would soon be embroiled in political controversy when the Newfoundland oil refinery it was built to serve caused one of the largest Canadian bankruptcies in history.
Shipbuilding on Film
Industry sponsored film 1957 7 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
The famous Swan Hunter shipyards on the Tyne grease the slipway for another stirring launch in the prosperous 1950s.
Building and Launch of the "Crepath" at Barnstaple Building and Launch of the "Crepath" at Barnstaple
Non-Fiction 1918 5 mins Silent Location: Barnstaple
Barnstaple's experimental concrete-hulled ship gets a visit from a jolly Italian admiral.
Industry sponsored film 1940 34 mins Location: Royal Albert Dock
There’s breathtaking footage of the London’s docks at their bustling peak in this informative film celebrating the work of the Port Of London Authority.
1935 25 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Paul Rotha’s brilliant film of the building and launch of SS Orion from the shipyards of Barrow-in-Furness.
Non-Fiction 1912 2 mins Silent Location: Southampton
Two of the earliest surviving editions of the Topical Budget newsreel, released in the aftermath of the Titanic disaster.
1936 2 mins Silent
The iconic Cunard White Star liner leaves the shipyard of her birth and ventures seawards for the first time.
Advert 1960 1 mins Location: Hebburn
Stout Geordie shipwright Martin Welsh opts for stout after work in this regional TV spot.
Amateur film 1948 16 mins Silent Location: Hebburn
A wonderfully sophisticated take on the wedding film crafted by a Tyneside musician for his brother and a stylish bride.
Amateur film 1954 16 mins Silent Location: Hebburn
Explore the gleaming new interiors of the Tyne-built cargo ship Innesmoor.
Amateur film 1952 13 mins Silent Location: Hebburn
A class act on the stage as school boys in drag tackle Gilbert and Sullivan’s swashbuckling opera.
Opening of the St. Aloysius Infant School, Hebburn Opening of the St. Aloysius Infant School, Hebburn
Non-Fiction 1928 7 mins Silent Location: Hebburn
A vivid portrait of a tough working Tyneside community in Hebburn at the opening of a Roman Catholic infant school.
Industry sponsored film 1963 31 mins Location: Hebburn
A spectacular send off for migrants on board the Northern Star, a new ocean liner built and launched on Tyneside.
Documentary 2021 13 mins
A poetic response to the experience of the Coronavirus pandemic, drawing on the collections of 12 UK film archives.
Promotional 2021 1 mins
The 65th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express.
1955 17 mins Location: Brighton
Kids face the closure of their Brighton playground but fight back to reclaim it, with a little help from the iconic Volks Railway
Children's 1954 59 mins Location: Goudhurst
Child actor Mandy Miller shines in this children's adventure set in the traditional hop picking season in Kent.
Drama 2020 4 mins
A driver tries some small talk to connect with his Uber passenger, but ends up raising bigger issues.
Performance 1979 36 mins Location: Liverpool
Black music and culture in the community
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