The East Anglian Film Archive, the first and largest Regional Film Archive in England, was established in 1976. Since 1984, EAFA has been owned and operated by the University of East Anglia, Norwich (UEA), to support research and work to preserve our moving image heritage. More than 250 hours are freely available online as examples of the wide range of film which attracts interest the world over.
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England Women's Cricket Eleven
Can frail womanhood cope playing such a hardy sport as cricket? Abso-blooming-lutely! So says England Women’s captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint.
Sport 1971 7 mins
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Anglia TV report on a Sunday afternoon from a cricket match in Hull, where the England Women’s Cricket Eleven take on the men’s Fenner’s Eleven, a local amateur league side. The reporter’s main topic of interview focusses on women in sport, asking “is cricket really a man’s game?” Of course, England captain, Rachael Heyhoe Flint, doesn’t think so, giving a solid argument as to why women should have a respected place in the world of cricket.
We also hear from team players Lynne Thomas, who became the first woman to score a century in one day international cricket, the Australian cricketer in the England team Dawn Newman, and also Lesley Clifford. England captain Rachael Heyhoe Flint received an MBE in 1972 for services to women's cricket. The England Women’s versus Fenner’s Eleven match takes place at Fenner Cricket Club’s Marfleet Lane ground. Hull’s Fenner Cricket Club folded in 2015 following the resignation of several senior players.
Cricket on Film
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Sport 1897 2 mins Silent
Probably the first ever cricket film: Indian cricketing royalty prepares for the first test between England and Australia at Sydney.
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Non-Fiction 1929 1 mins Silent Location: Sunbury
Action from a women's game of cricket in Sunbury, with one of the teams consisting of workers at Lyons Corner Houses.
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Anglia TV visit the world famous cobbler for cricketers, Albert Whiting, in his Northampton shop.
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Kingston upon Hull
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Playing the beautiful game - the ladies from Lancashire demonstrate their skills.
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So much to see of Hull, with its great port, fishing history, historic showdown with Charles I, and two highly impressive public loos.
The Port of Hull
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Comedy 1919 35 mins Silent
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Spirit of Mayday
1937 11 mins Silent
May Day – a significant day for the labour movement – is covered by the cameras of the Film and Photograph League.
Cornelius Cardew 1936-1981
Performance 1986 55 mins
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Punchy political film capturing mass protests against unemployment.
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A spirited satire on the coronation of George VI made by members of the Film and Photograph League.