The Moving Past

1989, Norwich (Norfolk)

Anglia Television documentary, narrated by Eddie Anderson, about the East Anglian Film Archive.

Anglia Television documentary, narrated by Eddie Anderson, about the East Anglian Film Archive, introducing key staff and activities, and featuring archive footage of regional events, people, and places. David Cleveland, founder and keeper of the East Anglian Film Archive, searches for old film amongst John Watson's home collection, and is pleased to discover 35mm nitrate film stock featuring the Haymarket Cinema in Norwich. Eddie Anderson provides narration throughout, accompanied by archive footage of early twentieth century picturehouse activity – hand cranking a film projector, a cinema auditorium, cinema queues - detailing the history of cinema attendance; its heyday, and later decline. Further archive films - a 1912 silent comedy, actuality film of wheat threshing in Boxted, amateur film of Southwold Railway, 1929 - represents its many uses – to entertain, to educate, and as historical record. The documentary continues featuring East Anglian Film Archive associates – film archivists, conservators, cataloguers; detailing their activities – collecting and repair at the Archive, and film shows at venues in the region. Also included are the activities of professional and amateur filmmakers capturing events in the East Anglian region; intercut with examples of archive film showing scenes of regional events, buildings, people and places.

Featured Buildings

Cambridgeshire: Papworth Isolation hospital for TB patients Essex: Electric Palace, Harwich; Harwich International Port; St Marys Church, Widford; St Osyth Village Hall Norfolk: Agricultural Hall, Norwich; Bonds store, Norwich; Centre of East Anglian Studies, Norwich; East Anglian Film Archive, Norwich; The Thatched Theatre, Norwich; University of East Anglia, Norwich; Winter Gardens, Wellington Pier, Great Yarmouth Suffolk: Central Cinema, Princes Street, Ipswich; Roland Davies film studio, Museum Street, Ipswich; Southwold Station

Featured Events

The Horning Regatta, 1908; Official opening of the Ipswich Golf Course, 1928; An inter-school sports day, Crown Meadow, Lowestoft, 1921

Other Places

Cambridgeshire: Cambridge; Papworth Essex: Boxted; Chelmsford; Great Chesterford; Harwich; St. Osyth; Widford Suffolk: Ipswich; Ipswich quay; Lowestoft; Southwold Norfolk: Cromer; Great Yarmouth; Horning

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