Ouseburn film framegrab

Voices from Ouseburn Valley (2011) Artists, residents and users of the valley comment on current happenings in this fascinating area of Newcastle upon Tyne. 

Boats, Goats and Yuppie Flats (1986) is a Tyne Tees Television documentary looking at the history and development of the river Ouseburn, from Callerton in the north into the Tyne. The film shows the various strategies to improve the environment of the Ouseburn, as it goes through Jesmond and the City of Newcastle, to create better conditions for visitors and wildlife. *

ACA goes down the river (1947) Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association boat trip from the Newcastle Motor Boat Club marina on the Ouseburn, down river to Tynemouth for a special launch of the Tynesider lifeboat from Tynemouth’s RNLI Lifeboat Station. The first three minutes are good views of Ouseburn. *

Ouseburn Soundscape made by musician Ken Patterson and children from North Fawdon and Farne Primary Schools in summer 2018 as they explore the route, health and sounds of the river Ouseburn

Byker Viaduct (1980) is a comprehensive record produced by Turners Film Productions of the construction of the Byker Viaduct (now usually known as the Byker Metro Bridge) using precast, prestressed concrete segments. *

A Stroll around Ouseburn (2011) - a tour of recent developments and historic sites of Ouseburn Valley.

Woods Pottery (2006)- the regeneration of a historic building in Ouseburn by PNE creating a new business space.

Constructing affordable housing at Farm View - Robertson with Anthony Keith Architects built a residential block for Tyne Housing Association, comprising 42 one-bedroom apartments to provide much-needed affordable housing - on the route of Hadrian's Wall.

Malings Memories Maling workers return to the pottery site after almost 40 years. They talk about their working lives and demonstrate the pottery-making process - from casting to decorating. 

Flowers for Peter filmgrab

Flowers for Peter (1952) is a silent yet stylish crime thriller exposing the dark underbelly of post-war Newcastle. A chase sequence amid the industrial decay of the Ouseburn waterfront and on the Tyne provide a remarkable amateur portrait of the city and river in the 1950s. The film was produced by Gordon Hetherington as part of the Newcastle & District Amateur Cinematographers Association.*

On the Night of the Fire (1939) is regarded as an early example of British film noir, starring Ralph Richardson.  It was shot on location in Newcastle upon Tyne with parts in Ouseburn and was released shortly after the outbreak of World War II. A short article about the making of it is available here.

Ouseburn Festival - a short film of the festival by film-maker Ken Slater - including the parade, performers and the duck race. Can anyone confirm the year of the festival - we think it is between 2008-2011.

The Secret (2012) - a short horror movie written by Stephen Laws, based on his short story 'The Secret' previously published in his collection of short horror stories titled 'The Midnight Man'. Directed by Andrew Leckonby and filmed in The Cumberland Arms.

Hadrian Brewery (1988) - a short documentary about the beginnings of Hadrian Brewery, set up in Foundry Lane Industrial Estate in Ouseburn (and shots of deliveries to The Cumberland Arms).

Many people remember the view of the chimney on Lime Street at the start of The Likely Lads, it is a very brief appearance but you can see it here.

BONAVENTURE (1931) - a silent black and white film which includes a chase down past the Ship Inn (Tyne Bar) along Maling Street and under Glasshouses and a scuffle with the Ice Factory in the background. Credited to Newcastle District Amateur Cinematographers' Association.

The Kick, The Snare, The Hat & A Clap (2021) - tells the story of the 1990s warehouse party scene in and around the Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle.

A tour around the Lower Steenberg Yard (2010) - Ouseburn to take a look around the former Maynard's Toffee Factory before redevelopment.

The Stables, Episode 1 (2004) - Meet the Funky Fools and Horses Club, a group of kids who hang out at Stepney Bank Stables. The Stables was a 10-part CBBC series which aired in 2004. 

Great Coastal Railway Journeys (2022) - Michael Portillo continues his rail journey exploring England’s north east coast. Heading north from Newcastle, Michael discovers one of the city’s trendiest hotspots, Ouseburn, and is intrigued to hear of its part in Newcastle’s early industrial development. 

And some shorter films too

Do you know of other interesting films about this area that could be added to this web page? Please do get in touch.

Thanks to the North East Film Archive for making these available. North East on Film – Search and Rescue is a two-year NEFA project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund to find hidden films of the North East. 

Did your family have a home movie camera - and do you still have the films? Are you aware of any workplace film collections that are now gathering dust? Are you an amateur filmmaker who wants the work preserved for the future? If you think you might have something of interest contact the team at [email protected]. You can find out more about the project at www.northeastonfilm.com.