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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Newsview Young World: A Day in the Life of Gymnast Monica Rutherford
A television crew documents a day in the life of a Sunderland gymnastics champion and Tokyo Olympics competitor.
News 1964 5 mins
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Ideal fodder for Tyne Tees Television, a local girl makes good in the world of sport. The news team records a down-to-earth day in the life of a passionate Sunderland gymnast as she trains on Roker beach and takes time off for a spot of romance in Mowbray Park. Monica Rutherford represented Britain in artistic gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964.
Olympics on Film
Sport 1948 9 mins Silent
Tricky weather conditions cause some spills in the downhill and ski jumping at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St Moritz.
Non-Fiction 1928 4 mins Silent
British Empire Olympic athletes take on the USA in the track and field at Stamford Bridge.
The Olympic Games in Paris 1924
Sport 1924 91 mins Silent
The real Chariots of Fire heroes feature in this comprehensive look at the 1924 Olympic Games.
Documentary 1993 30 mins Location: Belfast
The incredible highs and crushing lows of the Belfast's boxing community
Documentary 1968 25 mins Location: Norton
“It isn’t the will to win, it’s that you don’t like to get beaten,” states the redoubtable Harvey Smith, revealed as smart, tough and easy going.
Dartchery in Taunton
Sport 1968 1 mins Silent Location: Taunton
Dartchery aims for bullseye
Home movie 1958 9 mins Silent Location: Roker
An intimate portrait of domestic life in 50s Roker featuring family, football and cricket.
Roker: North Dock
Amateur film 1955 9 mins Silent Location: Roker
A sketch of river life on the Wear as Sunderland’s industrial scene begins its slow decline.
Rough Sea at Roker (1901)
Non-Fiction 1901 2 mins Silent Location: Roker
Mesmerising film of sea waves on the north east coast of England.
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent
The Victorian great and good mark the passing of a political titan
Parade of Troops with Band and Crowds Following
Non-Fiction 1900 2 mins Silent
For Britons during the Boer War, a welcome opportunity to support the troops - and march alongside them
Workers Leaving Work at Vickers
Non-Fiction 1900 1 mins Location: Barrow-In-Furness
Factory gate glimpses at - we think - Barrow-in-Furness
Non-Fiction 1898 1 mins Silent Location: Worthing
Worthing waves at us in this mesmerising early film
The Biter Bit
Comedy 1898 1 mins Silent
Film's first joke? A fresh take on an old prank.
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Non-Fiction 1895 0 mins Silent
This was one of a series of actuality films made by the Victorian pioneer Birt Acres during 1895. The film is thought to have been shot on June 20, on the occasion of the opening of the Kiel Canal by the German Kaiser Wilhelm II. Acres shot other films at the same time, but they have not survived.
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