Cat no. 216014

The Moving Past

Running time25:11 Colour Sound 1989 Norwich, Norfolk

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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.


'The Moving Past' features clips of archive footage taken from the following films held at EAFA, including:- Boxted, Essex, 1925 - 'Boxted Hall Farm Scenes' Cat. 709 Southwold, Suffolk, 1929 - 'Southwold Narrow Gauge Railway (Opened 1879, Closed 1929)' Cat. 153 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 1902 - '[Fish Quay Scenes]' Cat. 177 Norwich, Norfolk, 1902 - 'Tramway Ride Through Principal Streets' Cat. 294 Horning, Norfolk, 1908 - 'Yachting on the Norfolk Broads - The Horning Regatta' Cat. 57 Chelmsford, Essex, 1912 - 'Famous Aviator Married' - Pathe Animated Gazette Cat. 533 Norwich, Norfolk, 1928 - 'The Rock Garden' Cat. 111 Norwich, Norfolk, 1922 - 'Norwich and District Film Review' Cat. 1283 Lowestoft, Suffolk, 1921 - 'School Sports' Cat. 607 Ipswich, Suffolk, 1928 - 'Shrublands Fete' Cat. 66 Ipswich, Suffolk, 1928 - 'Official Opening of the Ipswich Golf Course' Cat. 258 Norfolk, 1949 - 'Country Magazine No. 1' Cat. 881 Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, c.1960 - 'Came the Dawn' Cat. 1807 Papworth, Cambridgeshire, 1935 - 'The Story of Papworth' Cat. 2312 Cromer, Norfolk , 1934 - 'Cromer 1934' Cat. 374 Lowestoft, Suffolk, 1930 - 'CWS Canning Factory (Short Version)' Cat. 609 Ipswich, Suffolk, 1937 - 'Steve in Bohemia' Cat. 821 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, 1933 - 'Eastern Sunshine' Cat. 337

Featured People:

EAFA employees and associates: Jane Alvey, Archivist; Geoff Clarke, Engineer & film show speaker; David Cleveland, Founder and Director; Malcolm Freeguard, Filmmaker; Cathy Terry, Film Cataloguer; David Tilley, Co-founder & film show speaker; Robin Williams, Film Conservator Paul Amos, amateur filmmaker; Henry Blogg, Coxswain of the Cromer Lifeboat; Mabel Constanduros, actor (The Story of Papworth, 1935); Henry Cotton, professional golfer; George Cunningham, filmmaker; George Formby, comedian/singer-songwriter; Aubrey Frost, animator; Carl Giles, animator; Gordon Harker, actor (The Story of Papworth, 1935); Prof. Hassel-Smith, Director of Centre of East Anglian Studies; Jack Hobbs, actor (Eastern Sunshine, 1933); Owen Nares, actor (The Story of Papworth, 1935); Mr Gilbert Stephenson, amateur filmmaker; John Watson, owner of amateur film collection; Dodo Watts, actor (Eastern Sunshine, 1933)

Featured Organisations:

Centre of East Anglian Studies, Norwich; Colman's of Norwich; C.W.S. Canning Factory, Lowestoft; East Anglian Film Archive, Norwich; Womens Institute, St. Osyth; University of East Anglia, Norwich

Featured Events:

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

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

Anglia TV Ltd

David C. Kenten

David C. Kenten; Eddie Anderson (associate producer)

John Twining

Eddie Anderson

Stephen Peart

Adrian Richmond; Richard Laughton; Colin Gilchrist (dubbing mixer)

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