Film Archive

Filmography & Awards

Amber Filmography & Awards, 1968 to the present day...

2016 From Us To Me (88 mins, documentary
2010 Today I'm With You (54 mins, documentary)
2008 The Pursuit of Happiness (90min, documentary)
2007 The Bamboozler (47min, documentary)
2006 Making ‘Shooting Magpies’(62min, documentary)
2006 Asylum (30min, documentary)
2005 Shooting Magpies (80min, feature film)
Special Mention, Best Feature Film, Britspotting Festival, Berlin, 2006
2005 Making ‘In Fading Light’ (75min, documentary)
2003 We Did It Together – So Why Do I Feel So Alone? (30min, documentary)
2001 Like Father (95min, feature film)
Golden Sun, Best Feature Film, International Environmental Film Festival, Girona (2002)
1997 The Scar (95/114min, feature film)
Arts Event of the Year, Northern Electric Arts Awards (1997)
Prix Europa Special Prize: TV Fiction (1998)
Silver Nymph, Best Actress, Monte Carlo TV Festival (1998)
Trades Union Award, Emden, Germany (1998)
1995 It’s The Pits (32min , documentary)
1995 Eden Valley (95min, feature film)
Jury Prize, Creteil, Paris (1995)
Best British Independent Feature, North West Film Festival, Southport (1995)
1994 Letters to Katja (57min, documentary)
1991 Dream On (115 min, feature film)
Most Original Film Scenario, La Baule (1991)
Public Prize, Creteil, Paris (1992)
Best Network Programme, Royal Television Society (1992)
Television Programme of the Year, Special Commendation: Fiction, Prix Europa (1992)
Prix Futura, Television Fiction, Berlin (1993)
Blue Ribbon, American Film & Video Association (1993)
1991 The Writing in the Sand (45min, documentary)
Authorship, Northern Electric Arts Awards (1991)
Le Prix du Documentaire, Cinema du Reel, Paris (1992)
Grand Prix, City of Melbourne Award (1992)
1989 In Fading Light (103min, feature film)
Silver Medal, New York (1990)
Silver Anchor, Toulon (1991)
1988 From Marks and Spencer to Marx and Engels(57min, documentary)
1987 Shields Stories (10x10min, drama)
Royal Television Special Award (1987)
Silver Medal Film & TV Festival, New York (1987)
1987 T Dan Smith (85min, feature film)
Royal Television Best Network Programme (1988)
1986 The Privatisation Tapes (6x10min, documentary)
1986 The Box (10min, animation)
1986 Double Vision (60min, documentary/drama)
1985 The Sadler Story (23min, documentary)
1985 Can’t Beat It Alone (45min, documentary)
1985 Seacoal (83min, feature film)
Marks & Spencer Award, Tyneside (1985)
European Film Award, Munich (1986)
1984 Beyond the Vote (22 min, documentary)
1984 Behind the Vote (31 min, documentary)
1983 News from Durham (12min, documentary)
1983 Where Are We Going?(35min, documentary)
1983 Byker (53min, documentary/drama)
International Critics Award & Special Town of Leipzig Award (1984)
Grand Prix, Tampere (1985)
Best Documentary, Troia (1985)
1983 Keeping Time (57min, documentary/drama)
1981 The Filleting Machine (45min, drama)
An Outstanding Film of the Year, London (1982)
1980 Tyne Lives (60min, documentary/drama)
1979 Quayside (16min, documentary)
1978 That's Not Me (33min, documentary)
1978 Laurie (25min, documentary)
1977 Glassworks (20min, documentary)
1976 Last Shift (17min, documentary)
1975 Bowes Line (28min, documentary)
1974 Mai (30min, documentary)
1973 High Row (33min, documentary)
1973 Launch (10min, documentary)
1973 Jellyfish (8min, animation)
Silver Hugo, Chicago (1975)
1969 A Film (8min, animation)
1969 Maybe (10min, documentary)
1968 All You Need Is Dynamite (40min, documentary)

Contribution to Independent Film Making, BFI Awards

Dream On (1991)

Amber Films (Producer)

Magic, fantasy, dreams and social realism in this feature drama exploring the lives of a women's darts team in North Shields.

Amber Styles gives an extraordinary performance as a woman forever willing to give her man a second chance. The Guardian

Available as VHS

The Writing In The Sand (1991)

Amber Films (Producer)

A richly lyrical documentary celebration of the vibrant beach life in the North East of England, constructed entirely out of Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen's black & white photographs. See a video clip

Poetic, uproarious, and thunderously nostalgic, The Writing in the Sand bears the stamp of an instant British classic. The Times

Available as VHS - DVD to be released soon

In Fading Light (1989)

Amber Films (Producer)

A feature drama set in the declining fishing industry in North Shields, the actors auditioned and trained by local fishermen and filmed on the 63 foot seine netter bought by Amber. See a video clip

Compared to the Amber Film's briny air, Man of Aran and the like might almost be drawing room comedies... A forceful portrait of an imperilled way of life and a British film to be reckoned with. The Times

Available as DVD and VHS

From Marks & Spencer To Marx & Engels (1988)

One of Amber's few ventures out of North East England, a documentary exploration of the East German shipbuilding and fishing town of Rostock and the partner film to one made by the GDR film organisation DEFA on Tyneside.

Shields Stories (1988)

Amber Films (Producer)

Ten 10 minute video dramas using the soap format to highlight a number of the issues affecting the community of North Shields, where Amber creatively based itself between 1986 and 1991.

T Dan Smith (1987)

Amber Films (Producer)

A powerful, experimental feature film juxtaposing political drama and challenging interviews with T Dan Smith and other key figures associated with his controversial reign as Leader of Newcastle City Council in the 1960s.

Among the most interesting and socially relevant of contemporary films. New Statesman

The Privatisation Tapes (1986)

Amber Films (Producer)

The issues facing local authority and hospital workers as the Conservative government took its programme of privatisation forward in the mid-1980s: six video documentaries made by Amber's Current Affairs Unit.

The Box (1986)

An animated film expressing the fear and sense of isolation created by the new urban environment, seen through the eyes of an elderly woman.

Double Vision: Boxing For Hartlepool (1986)

Amber Films (Producer)

Boxing in the North East of England explored in a blend of documentary and drama, centred on the gym run by George Bowes in Hartlepool.

The Sadler Story (1985)

Amber Films (Producer)

The life of Tyneside pacifist Jack Sadler explored in a video documentar, part of Amber's Current Affairs Unit's engagement with the peace movement.