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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The Ballad of Charlie Clyde
‘Being a lad is not so bad!’ A father chides his wilful son - in rhyme.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1981 3 mins
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‘Being a lad is not so bad!’ is a father’s message in rhyme to a cranky son who feels there’s always something better to be had. This animation by a Sunderland filmmaker – his first and last - captures the imagination and ennui of childhood, with a gentle warning that there’s a world of danger out there for runaway boys. The film won an Institute of Amateur Cinematographers (IAC) British International Amateur Film award in 1985.
Michael Gough began to make Super 8 films in the 1960s, from home movies to documentaries, and joined the Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association (ACA) in the 1970s. His documentary Welcome to Washington (also featured on BFI Player) won the Minolta Award for Best Editing in Movie Maker Magazine’s Ten Best competition in 1978.
Amateur film 1994 8 mins Location: Harlesden
A female protagonist falls prey to the ‘Shadowman’, who stalks his victim before attack. Uses stop-motion animation as well as live action.
George on a Cycling Tour through Sussex
Amateur film 1961 14 mins Silent
A surrealistic animation featuring cut-out characters on a beserk bicycle ride through Sussex towards a final destination in the Brighton Dome.
Howway the Lasses
Documentary 1977 1 mins Location: Northumberland
This jaunty hand-drawn animation charts the history of womens revolutionary road to freedom in the North East - from Stone Age sister to suffragette of the twentieth century.
Is This Your Life?
Amateur film 1957 9 mins Silent
An unusual and visually sophisticated commentary on the routine drabness and drudgery of everyday suburban existence.
Larn Yersel' Geordie
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1980 11 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Learn how to speak Geordie with a riotous animation of Scott Dobsons popular vernacular lessons.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1964 3 mins
Petty party politics gets animated - literally - in this amateur cartoon with a message.
Sunderland vs. Swansea
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.
Home movie 1958 9 mins Silent Location: Roker
An intimate portrait of domestic life in 50s Roker featuring family, football and cricket.
Tommy Steele Returns to the Sunderland Empire
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.
Amateur film 1957 8 mins Silent Location: Sunderland
Watching the days go by on the rivers Wear and Tyne in the 1950s.
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.
Wings in the Sky
Amateur film 1980 6 mins Location: Sunderland
Eyes to the skies, an audience thrill to the spirit and speed of flying at Sunderland Airport.
Janitor of Lunacy
Drama 2019 12 mins
A young woman descends into a digital wormhole via her obsession with a BDSM account run by an unknown user.
Without Bounds to Beat
Documentary 2019 9 mins
Without Bounds to Beat is an experimental documentary that recounts a town’s revival of an ancient folk tradition, placing it in contrast to today’s digital technologies.
Drama 2019 7 mins
A drama set in the near future where virtual reality allows a person to see life through the eyes of someone very different, which questions whether experiences become shared or commodified.
Drama 2019 12 mins
An upbeat drama about 14-year-old oddball Toni who is having a tough time with the bullies at school. One day, the internet and a passion for performance saves her.
Documentary 2019 12 mins
A short documentary exploring the challenges of being young and chronically ill in a carefully curated online culture. When you’re too ill for IRL, where do you turn?
Drama 2019 7 mins
In search of an identity, Candy wanders through the digital landscape, leaving fragments of herself behind in this experimental short drama.
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