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.
Is This Your Life?
Amateur film 1957 9 mins
An unusual and visually sophisticated commentary on the routine drabness and drudgery of everyday suburban existence.
Hand in Glove
Amateur film 1976 12 mins
To carry on his important work the ego-maniacal scientist Dr Kelly must obtain another hand … a hand which begins to take on a life of its own.
Amateur film 1968 7 mins
After a short but flammable existence, Victor, a matchbox from Sweden, reflects on life's vicissitudes as he awaits his fate in the gutter.
Amateur film 1977 24 mins
Extra-terrestrial plantlife is discovered in the Welsh countryside causing mischief for scientist Dr Felix Ackerman, filmed in 1977.
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 Location: Sunderland
Football teams from two working class towns face off at Sunderland’s Roker Park in the 60s.
Home movie 1958 9 mins 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 Location: Sunderland
Watching the days go by on the rivers Wear and Tyne in the 1950s.
Roker: North Dock
Amateur film 1955 9 mins 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.
Olivia Hussey and Leonard Whiting Q&A for Shakespeare Lives
Inside Film 2016 31 mins
The stars of Franco Zeffirelli’s Romeo and Juliet are reunited on stage for the first time since 1968 as part of the BFI and British Council’s Shakespeare on Film.
Amateur film 1965 11 mins Location: Redhill Aerodrome
The skies above Redhill are abuzz with planes as the fliers of Surrey's Tiger Club perform an aerial show for the crowds below
Brighton Seaside - Airshow & Silver Jubilee in Bromley
Amateur film 1977 11 mins Location: Brighton
Tony Mitchell captures a variety of events during Jubilee year - including day trips to Brighton and a bunting covered London as well as an accident at an airshow
This is Bournemouth
Promotional 1969 17 mins Location: Bournemouth
Bournemouth. A holiday resort that’s got the lot. Sunshine, sandy beaches, gardens, shops, fine dining and entertainment - with sports stars and a few beauty queens thrown in
The Building of the Eastern Road flyover on the M27
Amateur film 1970 7 mins Location: Hilsea
The roads around Portsmouth are about to be transformed with concrete and steel in this 1970 film from W J Evans.
A Tour of Conservative Wards in Southampton
Amateur film 1935 14 mins Location: Southampton
A Tory MP and his wife meet their female battalions in a tour of Southampton's wards - while Stanley Baldwin lends his own support at an outdoor fete