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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All the advertising and allure of motor racing captured at the Silverstone race circuit in the 80s.
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Drivers and fans gather for the 1983 British Grand Prix at a turbo-charged Silverstone in Northamptonshire, which claims to be the home of British racing. Mechanics work on the Formula 1 cars as Patrick Tambay, John Watson and Alain Proust prepare pre-race alongside race marshalls. A shirtless Stirling Moss and sunburnt spectators watch practice laps trackside and racing legend Jackie Stewart joins Prince Edward as a celebrity guest in the pits. Rene Amoux came out tops.
Jackie Stewart had retired a decade earlier in 1973 with a record 27 Grand Prix wins, not equalled for another 20 years. Stirling Moss was described as "the greatest driver never to win the World Championship". This film was produced by a Middlesbrough-based amateur Betty Cook, who was also the President of the Cleveland Cine Club and the North East Cine Society. She filmed many events in the north east region from the 1960s through to the 80s. The filmmaker and her husband were devoted fans of motor racing and volunteer marshals for the British Grand Prix so they frequently had good access to the pits, a prime spot for her camera to capture many well-known drivers and championship cars over the years.
News 1980 5 mins Location: Silverstone
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News 1981 3 mins Location: Silverstone
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Documentary 1963 17 mins Location: Northampton
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Amateur film 1952 15 mins Silent Location: Silverstone
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Non-Fiction 1952 24 mins Silent Location: Peterborough
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Action and Adventure 1923 28 mins Silent Location: Tilbury
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Inside Film 2024 16 mins
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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
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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.