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 Boy and the Song
Travel on a pitch purrfect mid-winter odyssey inspired by song with a cartoon boy and his devoted cat.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1976 4 mins
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A cartoon boy soprano and his affectionate cat weather the storms prompted by the wintry words of traditional Celtic and Northumbrian folk songs and a Christmas carol. Modelled on animator Sheila Graber’s nephew and pet cat muse Whitey, this duo’s child-friendly adventures are in a rich tradition of screen animation, saturated with feline fur and whiskers.
One of the earliest amateur works by Sheila Graber, the action on this animation was synched to the clear soprano voice of Brenda Orwin, a music teacher at the South Shields secondary modern school where Graber taught art. Her adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories, and a successful children’s television series, Best Friends, which was broadcast on TV in fifteen countries, earned Graber an international reputation in the 1980s.
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.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1980 4 mins Location: South Shields
Staying alive, from a single cell to a big bang. Blink and you’ll miss the end.
South Shields Silver Jubilee Celebrations
Amateur film 1977 6 mins Location: South Shields
One big happy family on the streets of South Shields for the Queen’s Silver Jubilee visit.
Tyne and Tide
Amateur film 1980 8 mins Location: South Shields
Going with the flow on the River Tyne at South Shields.
How the Camel Got His Hump
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1981 10 mins Location: South Shields
An engaging, hand painted animation of Rudyard Kipling’s origin tale about a work shy camel who gets the hump.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1978 3 mins Location: South Shields
An uptempo look at man’s passionate obsession with time from first light to the dawn of the digital age.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1983 5 mins Location: South Shields
Budgies for beginners: home comforts for birds explained to young pet owners.
News 1966 1 mins Location: Dorset
Automated enforcement is the new way police are clamping down on traffic offenders.
Jeremy Thorpe and Peter Bessell 1964-1967
News 1964 15 mins Location: Devon
The 1964 election of Liberal MPs in the South West is celebrated but beneath there is another side to the high level affairs of the Liberal Party.
Mexican Fiesta in Totnes
News 1966 2 mins Location: Totnes
The Mexican Fiesta hits town and brings with it Aztec glory and sombreros!
The Price of Television
News 1962 6 mins Location: Plymouth
Interviews on the streets of Plymouth following the publication of the Pilkington Report on the future of television and broadcasting.
News 1968 1 mins Location: Great Torrington
Dairy woman set to retire after fifty years of milk deliveries in and around Torrington.
Our Rotary Holiday in Cornwall
Non-Fiction 1947 17 mins Location: Gorran Haven
Rotarians and their wives holiday in Cornwall in post-war Britain.