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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Rat-tat-tat-tat-tat-tat Ka-Boom! Introducing … an anarchic spoof tour of the cult satirical rag Viz with creator Chris Donald.
Documentary 1988 8 mins
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Roger Mellie (the Man on the Telly), Buster Gonad, Biffa Bacon, Sid the Sexist and Millie Tant … a roll-call of crass, foul-mouthed cartoon stars sprang to life on the pages of Viz – a hybrid of punk fanzine and rude kid's comic. In 1979 Chris Donald started the satirical rag in his bedroom in Newcastle upon Tyne with a Xerox run of 150. At a time when it outsold Private Eye in the 1980s, Donald introduces this spoof tour of Viz with a hefty dose of smutty innuendo.
The Arts on Film
1972 10 mins Location: Mayfair
A painterly profile of County Durham's brilliant miner-artist Tom McGuinness.
Documentary 1953 17 mins Silent Location: St Ives
A poetic portrait of sculptor Barbara Hepworth and the otherworldly Cornish landscapes which inspired her.
1978 29 mins
Impressionistic portrait of life as a dancer in London’s Ballet Rambert.
Documentary 1967 14 mins
Spend a few intense minutes with Giacometti in his Paris studio and see him at work on his striking sculptures.
Documentary 1972 13 mins
Filmed at the time Hockney was painting Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy, this compelling study concentrates on the textures and light which surround the artist in his home and studio.
Documentary 1984 61 mins
Discover the 'name behind the hairstyle', in this essential portrait of the bard of Salford, aka John Cooper Clarke.
Amateur film 1932 4 mins Silent Location: Jesmond
Female students from Armstrong College, Newcastle, pose for the camera outside Easton Hall.
Amateur film 1963 19 mins Silent Location: Holy Island
The toe-dipping delights and tranquillity of the Northumbrian Riviera and beyond.
Amateur film 1965 9 mins Silent Location: Jesmond
A business man’s luck runs out when he tries to lose a kitsch bingo prize at the Hoppings fair.
Amateur film 1966 14 mins Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
On a morning like any other, the random destinies of a cast of characters unfold over one fateful hour in Newcastle.
Documentary 1986 26 mins Location: Kingston Park
The uses, abuses and grandiose plans for the Ouseburn and its picturesque river valley, wending its way through Newcastle to the Tyne.
Amateur film 1928 4 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
A rare film of an extraordinary occasion as King George V opens a breathtaking new steel bridge across the Tyne.
Documentary 2019 16 mins
Three years after their father passed, a family of four women come together through a series of phone calls spanning over three months.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2017 4 mins
A comedy-drama animation about two best friends growing up in the same world but experiencing it completely differently.
Drama 2018 8 mins
Samona Olanipekun explores the concepts of home, identity and belonging, from the starting point of the theme of globalisation.
Drama 2017 16 mins
Compelling story of a complex relationship between an imperious father and his son.
Documentary 2020 28 mins
Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.
Music video 2019 8 mins
A conceptual film following musical artist Jords’ quest to serendipity. The Tree of Life’ is the cornerstone of the film as he battles to triumph through grief.
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