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Filmography & Awards

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

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

Can't Beat It Alone (1985)

Amber Films (Producer)

The issues that brought together the campaign against pit closures, the anti-nuclear and the peace movements, explored in a video documentary by Amber's Current Affairs Unit.

Seacoal (1985)

Amber Films (Producer)

A visually powerful drama exploring the raw capitalism of seacoaling, rooted in a documentary engagement with the community of seacoalers on Lynemouth Beach in Northumberland: Amber's first feature film.

Even though the group insists there is no dominant creative individual there is evidently a real film genius at work here. The Times

Available as VHS

Beyond The Vote (1984)

Amber Films (Producer)

The relationship between the Labour Party and its voters, examined in an Amber Current Affairs Unit video documentary focused on the Chesterfield by-election of 1984.

Behind The Vote (1984)

Amber Films (Producer)

An Amber Films Current Affairs Unity video documentary looking at the 1984 Chesterfield by-election and the return to parliament of left wing politician Tony Benn.

News From Durham & Where Are We Going (1983)

Amber Films (Producer)

A discussion 'trigger tape' and a fuller documentary combining footage from the 100th Durham Miners' gala and of a miners' weekend school looking at the issues of concern to the mineworkers' union in the build-up to the national strike of 1984.

Byker (1983)

Amber Films (Producer)

Richly evocative of British working class community, a partly dramatised documentary built around Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen's black & white photographs of the Newcastle terraced community in which she lived before it was demolished to make way for the Byker Wall.

Book available also

Keeping Time (1983)

Amber Films (Producer)

A North Shields dancing school and mother-daughter relationships in a blend of drama and documentary, which led to Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen's book and exhibition *Step by Step**.

Available as VHS

The Filleting Machine (1981)

Amber Films (Producer)

Rooted in his own experience of the North Shields fish quay and set on the Ridges estate, a powerful film drama written by Tom Hadaway.

Available as VHS

Tyne Lives (1980)

A journey down the industrial Tyne, blending documentary and drama, exploring the contexts of people's lives, their experiences and commitments.

Quayside (1979)

Amber Films (Producer)

A black & white documentary film that formed part of Amber's campaign to preserve the architectural heritage of Newcastle's Quayside, then threatened by the city's plans for redevelopment.

Available as VHS