NEWS ARCHIVE 2014

JOE STARLIN !
In late May 2014, I was walking the dog in Upleatham when a young Starling landed on me - totally fearless! I put it back in a bush and it kept coming back. With no other birds or people anywhere to be seen, I took it home to Saltburn and fed it mealworms. The next day I took it down my allotment and it fast flew off. A short while later it returned and did so until the end of September! He became quite a celebrity down there landing on people's heads and getting fed. He even made the local papers where he was spotted by a lady from Upleatham who contacted me to tell me she had raised him from a chick after he was found abandoned in Guisborough. So the mystery of where he came from was solved but where did he go at the end of September? And will he return in the Spring? Regardless, it was a rare treat to get so close to a wee wild creature and watch him (or her!) grow up. I documented it of course and the pics were such a hit on facebook I've put together a smart HQ glossy calendar! I've also done one of Meg my Border Collie which I do every year...
BUY CALENDARS ONLINE
Sold Out!

COMING IN 2015...
MAJOR BOOST FOR WW2 DOC


I've secured a major platform for my WW2 related film (currently in production) and related exhibition of photographs and artefacts. A premiere event will launch a three month run with looped daily screenings. Can't reveal more at this stage but will do in due course. Very excited about this :-)
DICK NEILSEN
1928 - 2014

My inspirational friend Dick Neilsen of Toronto has died
at the great age of 86. For almost 70 years, Dick was a film-maker, journalist and political activist...

My Tribute to a Great Man


24.10.14:

FRIENDS OF ESTON HILLS
presented with a
Coastal View Community Award
click here



Eston Miners' Hikes 2014
DATES ANNOUNCED:
SAT 6th SEP & SAT 20th SEP

FOR MORE INFO & BOOKINGS
CLICK HERE

NOW SOLD OUT
If you are interested in future hikes please drop me a line and I will add you to the list
and when there are enough names I will let you know when I arrange another.
craig@pancrack.tv

4th Aug 2014: MY LATEST FILM (30 mins)
Commissioned by The Friends of Redcar Cemetery.

 

FOR MORE INFO ON THE FRIENDS:

www.forcem.co.uk

JULY 2014:
PLANNING APP WITHDRAWN !

After around 200 objections from local residents and schoolchildren, Teesside University have done the right thing and pulled their ill-conceived planning application to close a popular access route via their land to Eston hills. Their aim presumably was to stop joyriders which I support but it would have stopped everyone which simply wasn't fair. I think they should enter into dialogue with the council, The Friends of Eston hills and all affected landowners to come up with a robust and practical solution to the problem.
Thanks to all those who submitted objections and thanks to the Uni for seeing sense!
AUG 2014: Lost Art Found !

More of my late cousins artwork
has come to light...


DON PLAYFORD ARTIST
14. 6. 14 :
PUBLIC ACCESS
TO ESTON HILLS
UNDER THREAT !


Go here for info
& please add your objection:

estonhills.info




4th June 2014:


BBC TEES feature interview
Many Thanks to John Foster
May 2014: A Tribute to Wilf Shaw 1914-2008

I have written a tribute to the late Wilf Shaw for the North East Film Archive website. Wilf was the filmmaker behind the 1930s film 'Cleveland' which came to light at the end of last year. IT IS A MUST SEE ! It features actual footage of Eston mines in operation and rare views across Cleveland. You can read my tribute and watch the film here...

North East Film Archive


15.4.14:
Oooh a glossy front cover!
All the info here:
www.estonhills.info


21st March 2014: HISTORY MADE.

14th March 2014: TONY BENN RIP
The greatest Prime Minister we never had. No state funeral needed.
He wasn't the selfish, vane n pompous type.

 

I had the good fortune to meet the man on two occasions. In 2005, I sent him a copy of 'A Century in Stone', as he was in it briefly (see above right) I got a fantastic reply (see below) and met him just a few days later at the Durham Miners' Gala. Then in 2009, he was doing a talk at Middlesbrough Town Hall and he was greeting punters outside with his flask of tea and pipe and sitting on his backpack-cum-folding seat which was his own invention he told me! (see below) I gave him a leaflet about my campaign film 'Coatham-A Common Concern' which had just been shown in The House of Commons a few weeks before.

 
Tony Benn outside Middlesbrough Town Hall, June 2009.

A great loss but what a legacy.
Will we ever see a politician as honest and humanitarian again?

Feb 2014:
ARCHIVE FILM REVELATION !

When I was making A Century in Stone I often wondered / dreamed about actual archive footage of Eston mines being out there somewhere. Apart from just a couple of shots that I did find, I was convinced there was no more...but 10 years on I have been proved fantastically wrong!

Presenting "Cleveland - It's Geography & Industrial Development", a 20 min B/W silent documentary made in 1937-38 by an amateur filmmaker from Middlesbrough called Wilf Shaw. It's like a 1930s version of A Century in Stone but with actual footage of Trustee, Pit Top, Low Drum and Tip Yard in action plus The Crusher and Cleveland works. It is astounding and undoubtedly one of the most important archive films of the area. It was sent to the North East Film Archive at Teesside University some months ago by Wilf Shaw's daughter in Cambridgeshire. Carefully digitised from a delicate 75 year old 16mm original, it is now available to view online. Mr. Shaw sadly passed away as recently as 2008 at the age of 93. I would have loved to have interviewed him on camera about how he made his film.I wonder if he got to see mine? I hope so...
Watch 'Cleveland' here

ps - full page tribute to Wilf Shaw on NEFA website
coming soon!

24th Feb 2014:
NORTH SKELTON
NOT FORGOTTEN

Our commemoration night marking the 50th anniversary of the last shift at Cleveland's last pit was a great success. The Bull's Head was packed ! Thanks to all who came. For those who couldn't get in - you can now watch the classic 1964 film about North Skelton online thanks to the North East Film Archive at Teesside University...
50 YEARS ON
COMMEMORATING THE LAST SHIFT
AT CLEVELAND’S LAST IRONSTONE MINE:

NORTH SKELTON


A Screening of the 1964 short film

‘THE END OF AN ERA’

plus speakers

Peter Appleton
Skelton History Group

Tony Nicholson

Local historian and former University Lecturer
 
Craig Hornby
Maker of the film ‘A Century in Stone’

@
The Bull, North Skelton
Monday 24th February 2014 - 7pm

 
Admission Free

Jan 2014: The Straight Road Ahead
I have a new short about a 93-year old WW2 veteran called Eddie Straight. His story is special and has never been told on camera before. In October, the rough cut got a great response at Saltburn Film Festival as did guest of honour Eddie. The final cut however will not be shown until 2015 to avoid clashing with this year's WW1 commemorations. Next year will also coincide with a WW2 anniversary that is key to Eddie's story. Hopefully this will help secure a grander platform to exhibit the film - it is too important to simply go straight to the internet. And the wait will be worth it !


Jan 2014:

More Lost Art located !

More of my late cousin Don Playford's art work has come to light - this time on the Isle of Wight!

Many thanks to Bob Godden for sending excellent photos of seven originals by Don from the late 70s.
click here to view

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