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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In One End
Real ale and folk music in the pub – performed by Fairport Convention – are celebrated in this portrait of Southwold on the Suffolk coast and the work of the Adnams brewery.
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In his first film, Emmy award-winning director Luke Jeans captures the atmosphere of Southwold with evocative scenes of local people at work on sea and land, harvesting the barley and brewing Adnams ale, traditionally delivered by heavy horses. Stories are told of the Battle of Sole Bay, and the 1953 floods. To familiar tunes, Fairport Convention sing about John Barleycorn and the pleasures of the beautiful brew enjoyed in the local pub.
Formed in 1967, the outstanding British folk rock band Fairport Convention continue to tour and are the focus of an annual festival held at Cropredy. Their style has been influenced by changing band membership but Dave Pegg and Simon Nicol continue in the band, joined in 1996 by Chris Leslie who also contributed to this film. The drummer Bruce Rowland died in 2015 and fiddle player Dave Swarbrick died in 2016 (he was not at the filming in Southwold). Ursula Smith who is seen playing fiddle for the film was a member of the Third Ear Band and is best known as a cellist.