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.
This film is part of Free
Getting there: enjoy a racy history of transport and travel by land, sea and air.
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Award-winning South Shields artist Sheila Graber races through a history of transport by land, sea and air at a delirious speed. The film emerged from a sound track of jazzed-up Mozart and was the first in a series of short independent animations set to this classical music for the 70s, arranged by populist Argentine composer Waldo de Los Rios.
Sheila Graber began to make hand-drawn animated films in the 1970s, initially to teach her secondary school students a new art form. She received commissions from the Tate Gallery in London, Tyne Tees TV and the BBC, and gained an international reputation for the 1981 animations of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories for Nicole Jouve of Interama, who first began to distribute her work worldwide in 1977. Once a gifted amateur with improvised rostrum equipment, Sheila Graber went on to win several major awards from the Royal Television Society, including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.