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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Hand in Glove
To carry on his important work the ego-maniacal scientist Dr Kelly must obtain another hand … a hand which begins to take on a life of its own.
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Written and directed by, and starring the filmmaker himself, Jon Coley was just 17 years of age when he made this film, the first in a series of short fiction films taking inspiration from the classic Universal horror movies of the 1920s, and influenced by the work of fantasy animation pioneer Ray Harryhausen. These 'Other Realms' episodes are atmospheric stories of strange happenings - a self-financed project, created as a pilot series intended to be screened on TV.
Coley’s interest in monsters and the movies was nurtured by his Grandmother who was a keen cinema-goer and Boris Karloff fan. The first full-length feature film Coley ever watched was with ‘Nana’, it was the Lon Chaney version of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ (from 1923). Coley also had an early introduction to the work of Ray Harryhausen, when aged 3, he saw a TV excerpt from ‘The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms’. In fact, Coley eventually got to meet his hero, and the two became great friends, showcasing work to each other.