‘Looking Back’ at Film and Video Group

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Last Tuesday’s meeting comprised a series of films by Eric Parr, a member of the Tyne and Wear club. Eric did not attend but submitted a DVD of his work, a collection he labelled ‘Looking Back’ at his videos over the years.

The programme began with a short documentary entitled ‘Metal Art’, which featured a young artist, Peter Collinson, making wonderful sculptures by welding old parts of machinery and bits of scrap metal to form stylised birds and animals.

Other titles included a boat trip ‘Cruising’ from Newcastle to Tynemouth, and a handful of short comedy sketches which hit the mark with their brief and to-the-point punchlines. These involved members of the Benton Bird Club and a game about a pigeon picture.

Next came ‘Long In The Tooth about false teeth placed in glasses at bedtime. followed by ‘James Bond’ who appeared in a well-acted fashion show spoof, incorporating fast cars, boats and beautiful women.

Other films followed covered normal pursuits such as young people abseiling from a very high bridge to raise funds for charity, and by way of a complete contrast, memberswere taken to a flower festival in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

The final film featured a choir of enthusiastic pensioners singing in the pedestrian tunnel under the River Tyne at North Shields, where the acoustics are particularly good. The films were greatly appreciated and thanks are due to Eric for allowing members to see them.

The meeting on November 10 will include the Five-Minute and Jean Tait competitions.