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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Return of the Cup
There’s a rapturous welcome from football fans to celebrate a fairy tale win as underdogs Sunderland return home with the FA Cup in 1973.
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It was one of the biggest shocks in the history of the FA Cup championship – and disastrous for the bookies. The whole city is a sea of red and white as Second Division team Sunderland beat the odds and return to Roker Park with a magical 1-0 Wembley win against formidable ‘football machine’ Leeds United. The victory also encourages a huge crowd next day for Sunderland’s last home match of the season against Queens Park Rangers.
It’s hard to imagine today’s footballers being impressed, but each Sunderland player received a gift of Pyrex tableware from Joplings department store for their win. Both newcomers to Sunderland in 1972, amateur filmmakers Michael and Linda Gough enjoyed producing this off-the-cuff newsreel-style documentary, filmed with Super 8 cameras on high speed Kodachrome stock (hence the graininess). This is superb local reportage, photographs compensating for the lack of live footage at Wembley Stadium. In 1972 the Goughs also joined the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA), a sole survivor of the first five British amateur cine clubs formed back in 1927.
Queens Visit to Newcastle 1954: FA Cup Returns 1955 Queens Visit to Newcastle 1954: FA Cup Returns 1955
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The Cup Action from the Third round of the F.A. Cup The Cup Action from the Third round of the F.A. Cup
Sport 1924 2 mins
FA Cup round-up: Cardiff City v Bristol City, Southampton v Liverpool and Brighton and Hove Albion v Manchester City.
Non-Fiction 1922 1 mins Location: Highbury
FA Cup third round: Arsenal v Leicester City and Cardiff City v Nottingham Forest.
Documentary 1974 18 mins Location: Sunderland
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Non-Fiction 1925 1 mins
An appreciative crowd at Ewood Park witnesses Blackburn progress to the FA Cup 4th round with a 3-1 win against Tottenham.
Amateur film 1949 4 mins Silent Location: Wolverhampton
A lovely colour film showing the 1949 FA Cup winners Wolves back in action at their Molineux ground soon after their championship win.
Non-Fiction 1901 3 mins Silent Location: Sunderland
Durham Light Infantry veterans collect their medals for valour in the Boer War.
Promotional 1970 16 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Tuning into the biggest consumer market for television advertising in Britain with Trident TV.
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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.
Home movie 1958 9 mins Silent Location: Roker
An intimate portrait of domestic life in 50s Roker featuring family, football and cricket.
Amateur film 1962 4 mins Silent Location: Sunderland
Football teams from two working class towns face off at Sunderland’s Roker Park in the 60s.
Magazine and Review show 1976 7 mins Location: Sunderland
Tommy Steele returns to Sunderland Empire in the 1970s and recalls his early years as Decca's dynamic new star of the rock 'n' roll era.
Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
Plotting world domination, Devil Doctor Fu-Manchu steals plans for a new aero-torpedo in this earliest surviving thrill-a-minute serial instalment.
Inside Film 2024 16 mins
Filmmakers Jane Giles and Ali Catterall discuss their documentary Scala!!!, revisiting the legendary and inspirational cinema venue and some of the most notorious films that screened there.
Drama 2023 2 mins
A group of young Black boys run into a building. One of them is about to do the unimaginable.
Romance 2023 2 mins
A queercore romance - a visceral and immersive exploration of the power of the mosh pit and finding love in the most unlikely of places.
Charity appeal 1939 10 mins
Long thought lost, this Powell-directed promotional short for a veteran’s charity was only rediscovered in 2003.
Documentary 1941 6 mins
A poignant, stirring letter from a recently deceased pilot to his mother is read by John Gielgud.