Bodies of work that have been uploaded to the online AmberSide Collection this week:
Cells from an animation that was developed but never completed by Amber in the 1980s. Based on a story by Tom Hadaway, who wrote The Filleting Machine, Seacoal, In Fading Light and some episodes of Shields Stories for Amber, the artwork was by Angus McKie, an illustrator who had a desk at Amber at the time.
Footage of the city centre, Ouseburn and other parts of Newcastle at a time when it was undergoing radical change, it was never used in any of Amber’s films. There’s no sound, but there’s some beautiful camerawork!
An interview from 1981 with a woman, identified on the clapperboard as ML, talking about the cultural life of the Left on Tyneside between the 1920s and the 1950s. She was involved in a lot of the activity that took place in Newcastle’s Royal Arcade, which used to be at the bottom of Pilgrim Street – Socialist Cafe, the Socialist Hall and the Clarion Choral Society.