Local archives in film festival

OLD footage of Scarborough is set to feature as part of North Yorkshire’s first ever archive film festival.

The event, entitled Contrast/brilliance*, runs from September 23 to October 5, and will feature screenings of specially curated films preserved by Yorkshire Film Archive.

With support from the Screen Heritage UK project film will be show alongside screenings of well-known feature films made in the county, at venues across North Yorkshire.

Scarborough will feature in the screening of A Sentimental Journey (1966) by railway enthusiast and filmaker Frank Dean, which offers a final glimpse of the Whitby to Scarborough line prior to its closure.

Scarborough is shown again in two films; Having A Wonderful Time (1960), a promotional film aimed at attracting holiday makers and Cayton Nalgo Holiday Camp (1950) by amateur filmmaker John Nunn, which offers a more personal snapshot of family life in the 50’s.

Emily Penn, project manager at Cine Yorkshire, said: “We are really excited to be working alongside Yorkshire Film Archive to present North Yorkshire’s first festival of archive film.

“Film has a unique ability to bring the history of a place to vivid life, and through screening footage spanning over a century, special screenings of films made in the area, and a selection of classic archive films we look forward to celebrating North Yorkshire’s people, landscapes and history.”

Screenings in the Scarborough area start with Holiday Camp at the Evron Centre in Filey on September 23. The next day, September 24, Burniston and Cloughton Village Hall will be showing Here’s a Health to the Barley Mow: A Century of Folk Customs and Ancient Rural Games, followed by a screening of Something’ll Happen By Friday at Whitby Pavillion on September 26.