Free screenings of local archive footage to be held at the Forum

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A series of screenings of unique footage from the local area will take place at the Forum in Norwich next week, to mark the first East Anglian Film Archive (EAFA) Week.

The University of East Anglia-owned archive, which was established in 1976 as an educational resource, was the first regional film archive in the country and contains almost 12,000 hours of film and up to 30,000 hours of videotape from across the region.

EAFA is holding the public viewings so that Norfolk residents can find out more about the moving image heritage of East Anglia, the varied ways these films can be used, and what’s involved in looking after them for the future.

Lunchtime talks and screenings will look at everything from the work of the archive itself, presented by a senior archivist, to the creations of Norwich filmmaker Charles Scott. The free, 45 minute showings will be held at 12.45pm from Monday July 8 to Friday July 12 (excluding Wednesday).

A special evening event on Wednesday July 11 called Sound for Vision will see students from UEA’s School of Music playing live to accompany EAFA films at 7.30pm in The Curve at The Forum, led by lecturer Simon Limbrick.

And on Saturday July 13, UEA lecturer in film and video production Roger Hewins will hold filmmaking drop-in sessions from 10am-12noon and 2-4pm, for children and adults to try their hand at practical animation.

Clare Ellis, from EAFA, said: “The East Anglian Film Archive is a wonderful, rich, and vital resource which we are excited to be sharing with the public by means of this new showcase week. We’re delighted to have secured contributors who have such passion for, and understanding of the films here, and look forward to developing the week in to an annual celebration of our region’s moving image heritage.”

All events are free to attend and no registration is required. The Saturday drop in session is suitable for those aged 8 years and over.

For more information about EAFA and the East Anglian Film Archive Week, visit www.uea.ac.uk/history/news-and-events/eafa-week.

EAFA Week schedule:

Monday July 8, 12.45pm: About an Archive

The work of the East Anglian Film Archive presented in films and photographs by Senior Archivist, Jane Alvey.

Tuesday July 9, 12.45pm: Weavers Green: An Early Anglia Drama

Dr Tim Snelson from the School of Film, Television, and Media Studies at UEA explains why this early drama is of such significance and interest.

Wednesday July 10, 7.30pm: Sound for Vision

A live accompaniment to films from the East Anglian Film Archive, performed by students from the School of Music at the University of East Anglia and led by Simon Limbrick, lecturer in Music

Thursday July 11, 12.45pm: Charles Scott - A Norwich Film Maker

Film archivist and EAFA founder David Cleveland introduces the work of Norwich film maker Charles Scott.

Friday July 12, 12.45pm: Applied Colour in ‘Silent’ Film (1890s – 1930s)

Sean Kelly from the EAFA introduces different ‘applied’ colour techniques, their use and development from the 1890s to the late 1920s, and the issues involved in preserving them in the present day.