NEFA’s ‘Newcastle on Film’ screens at Tyneside

If you live in, work, know and love Newcastle then don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the upcoming Newcastle on Film events at Tyneside Cinema between Dec 6 – 8 December.


From the building of the new Tyne Bridge to the bustling Quayside Market, shipbuilding success stories to Saturday nights out at the Majestic, Newcastle on Film will take you on an amazing journey through the decades, with over a century of films capturing the sights, sounds, faces, places, changing landscapes and industries, great events and everyday lives of people in Newcastle – all revealed through the work of the North East Film Archive , who will be presenting the screenings and sharing this remarkable collection of film footage for the first time.


Graham Relton, North East Film Archive Manager said: ” These ‘Newcastle on Film’ events are a great chance for the people of Newcastle to see themselves and their city reflected on film – how we went to work, how we spent our leisure time, how Newcastle has grown and changed over the last 100 years. The biggest challenge to curating the screenings has been what to leave out; there’s so much fantastic material, but we’ve selected a great range of content – a must for all Geordies and who knows, people might even spot a familiar face.”


The journey begins in the earliest days of film making – in 1901 the Newcastle Fire Brigade turned out – but where are they, that’s for the audience to tell us! Shortly after that, thanks to the British Film Institute, we have scenes from a Suffragette Demonstration at Newcastle in 1909, quickly followed by rare early footage of The Hoppings on the Town Moor and highlights from the Newcastle Amateur Cinematographers Association collection.


But it’s not all about the early years of the last century. Newcastle on Film speeds us through the 1950s when the Magpies returned with the FA Cup, and when, for families of the time, a classic day out was going to the beach at Whitley Bay. There are Newcastle nightclubs in the 1960s and 70s, and by the 1980s people’s journeys into work were changing with the arrival of the Metro. Throw in some classic Tyne Tees news pieces featuring famous faces – and there is guaranteed to be something for everyone who loves Newcastle, including a lesson in how to ‘Larn Yersel Geordie’ from South Shields’ very own Sheila Graber.


Mark Dobson, Chief Executive, Tyneside Cinema, said “Tyneside Cinema are delighted to team up with the North East Film Archive; it’s a perfect opportunity to celebrate the film heritage of the city. What is so fantastic about screenings like ‘Newcastle on Film’ is the opportunity to connect local people to film collections made in or about the places they grew up, live and work in today. The Newcastle on Film Trailer is already on our Facebook page and proving hugely popular – we’re sure these will be great events.”



In anticipation of high demand, Tyneside Cinema and North East Film Archive have planned four ‘Newcastle on Film’ screenings with support from Film Hub North. Sunday 6 December, 6.30pm in the Classic, Monday 7 December, 12.00 & 6.00pm and Tuesday 8 December, 6.00pm in the Electra.


Tickets for the screenings starts from £5 to £9 and can be purchased from, by calling 0191 227 5500 or in person at the Tyneside Cinema Box Office. Tyneside Cinema is located on 10 Pilgrim Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.


Watch the ‘Newcastle on Film’ trailer on the NEFA Facebook page at