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 House with the Golden Windows
There’s no place like home … a beautiful Kodachrome tale of a childhood quest.
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In the aftermath of World War Two, a Newcastle cine club resumed their fiction filmmaking activities with this adaptation of an American fable 'for young and old', transposed to a Northumbrian valley. ‘Golden Windows’ is an endearing Kodachrome evocation of childhood innocence and aspiration.
With Kodachrome film once more on the market after wartime restrictions, the Newcastle and District Amateur Cinematographers’ Association, one of the earliest British cine clubs, founded by James Cameron and friends in 1927, chose to make this short in colour. The film was inspired by a story first published by American author Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards in the 1920s. Illustrations are by J. Cantley McKendrick, chairman and treasurer of the Newcastle Society of Artists and the manager of Martins Bank in Gosforth, Newcastle.