Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Celebrating City's Modern Past; the North East Film Archive (NEFA) Has Teamed Up with Sunderland City Council Library Services to Bring You a Fantastic New Show for the Launch of the Sunderland Literature Festival 2015

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Celebrating City's Modern Past; the North East Film Archive (NEFA) Has Teamed Up with Sunderland City Council Library Services to Bring You a Fantastic New Show for the Launch of the Sunderland Literature Festival 2015

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Sunderland on Film takes place against the dramatic backdrop of Sunderland Minster on Friday, October 2, and will take you on a journey through more than 80 years of amazing sights and sounds on Wearside. Selected from a remarkable collection of archive films from the 20th century, the film show reveals a fascinating portrait of Sunderland and surrounding towns featuring local communities and landmark events.

Graham relton, archive Manager said: "at the north east Film archive our aim is to find, preserve and show the moving image heritage of the region. This one-offscreening is a great chance for the people of Sunderland to see themselves reflected on film, how we went to work, how we spent our leisure time, how the city has grown and changed over the last 100 years. It really is a must for all Mackems. and who knows, people might even spot a familiar face." The story begins in 1904 with a thrilling winter tram ride through edwardian Sunderland before heading to the coast in 1926 for the roker regatta and august Bank Holiday festivities, two films courtesy of the BFI national archive. The screening features other neFa titles recently digitised as part of the BFI Britain on Film project (player.bfi.org.uk/britain-on-film/), including 'a day in Houghton-le-Spring', a 1930s topical newsreel with local characters captured on film. In stark contrast you'll see footage of some of the 1972 miners' strikes at usworth Colliery and a behind-the-scenes snapshot of the Sunderland echo newspaper of 1980, an important local institution still to this day.

Sunderland on Film is a portrait of the people of Wearside, from the remarkable shipyard workers of Bartram and Sons, some with more than 50 years' experience, who you'll see build and launch the Mocamedes just after the Second World War, to the loyal supporters of the Black Cats in 1937 and 1973 as they cheered their team to Fa Cup success at Wembley from the pubs, clubs and living rooms back at home.

enjoy beautiful Kodachrome footage from 'Going Places', a 1955 film made in Sunderland and local popular seaside towns as the trams make way for new buses to transport people to their favourite places, includ-Turn to Page 22 From Page 21 ing Roker Park. …

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