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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Martin Luther King Honorary Degree Ceremony at Newcastle University
A remarkable event the great American civil rights leader, Martin Luther King makes a powerful speech on a unique visit to Newcastle University.
Non-Fiction 1967 10 mins
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On 13th November 1967, an audience are gripped by an impromptu speech against racism, poverty and war by the great American civil rights leader, radical Baptist preacher, and holder of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize, Martin Luther King, as he accepts an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law from the Duke of Northumberland at Newcastle University.
Martin Luther King is most famously remembered for his inspirational I Have a Dream speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, delivered to a crowd of more than 250,000 people. It is now considered one of the greatest speeches of the 20th century, and certainly influential in the passage of the U.S. Civil Rights Act of 1964. Tragically, it was a mere five months after his Newcastle University acceptance speech that Dr Martin Luther King was assassinated in a Memphis motel in Tennessee.
Sixty-four Day Hero: A Boxer's Tale
Biopic 1985 94 mins
The turbulent life and death of championship boxer Randolph Turpin.
African Sculpture Exhibition in Weymouth
News 1979 1 mins Location: Weymouth
An African sculpture exhibition in a Weymouth school
Regent of Abyssinia in London
Non-Fiction 1924 0 mins Silent
Abyssinian state ministers visit London during Prince Regent Haile Selassie's diplomatic tour of Europe.
Non-Fiction 1962 5 mins Location: Nottingham
Nottingham welcomes Britain's first black magistrate.
Black Sheriff of Nottingham
Magazine and Review show 1989 8 mins Location: Nottingham
He jokes that he's joined the 'chain gang' but there is more than ceremonial robes for Tony Robinson as Nottingham's first black Sheriff.
Unemployment Crisis for Birmingham West Indian School Leavers
Non-Fiction 1976 9 mins Location: Handsworth
Birmingham's lost black generation: undermined by the racism that's stifling the dynamism of a young workforce.
Newcastle upon Tyne
Never Put Off Till Tomorrow What Can be Done To-Day
Comedy 1938 6 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
It’s no use crying over spilt ink ... a cautionary comic office tale of calamity and dilly-dallying on Tyneside.
Amateur film 1965 5 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A young boy’s generosity costs him dear when he is conned out of his mother’s cash for ice cream.
Magazine and Review show 1976 3 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A ringside seat in Newcastle upon Tyne to see some women warriors of wrestling in a 1970s All Stars promotion.
Today at Six Cup Special
Magazine and Review show 1974 6 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
The city shuts down as devoted Newcastle United fans huddle around TVs for a grim afternoon watching their team’s FA Cup final defeat.
Ivy Was Doing the Washing When They Came
Comedy 1962 12 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A surreal 60s soapbox mockery of advertising and the traditional British washday? It’s anyone’s guess!
Clock-wise or a Good Start for the Day
Advert 2 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Start the day the Andrews way with a strikingly crisp cartoon advertising a Toon tonic in Technicolor.
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Silent Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Silent Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.