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.
This film is part of Free
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.
Documentary 1977 28 mins
From the collection of:
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.
Cambridge Folk Festival
Performance 1966 45 mins Location: Kingston upon Hull
This "musical profile of the Watersons" is a precious document of the British folk revival, much of it shot in their hometown, Hull.
News 1972 22 mins
Fly your freak flag high with this far-out film shot at the Great Western Express Festival in muddy May 1972.
1969 13 mins
The Bonzo Dog Band freak out at the farm and strange sounds abound in this cheery, charmingly childlike stream-of-consciousness music short.
1973 7 mins
Prepare to be freaked out big time by a thoroughly theatrical 1970s psych-prog-folk-rock fairy tale from English eccentrics Jethro Tull.
News 1971 5 mins Location: Glastonbury
Glastonbury ley lines for iconic pyramid stage to heighten a festival-goer’s experience
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1971 34 mins
Communal life is idiosyncratically portrayed through a series of theatrical happenings.
Amateur film 1933 26 mins Silent Location: Southwold
The Harrison family revel on the beach, sail their splendid model yachts and entertain friends at Southwold.
Home movie 1935 16 mins Silent Location: Southwold
Victor Harrison's 1935 family film of holidays on the Suffolk coast; Southwold, Lowestoft, The Broads, and Thorpeness.
Amateur film 1960 30 mins Silent Location: Aldeburgh
Amateur filmmaker captures East Anglia's coastal landmarks; incl. Thorpeness' 'House in the Clouds', Happisburgh Lighthouse, in 1959.
Home movie 1959 35 mins Silent Location: Mundesley
In 1959, the extended Taylor family head to the Norfolk coast every Sunday for picnics and a lark about.
Amateur film 1964 27 mins Silent Location: East Bergholt
Leisurely picnics and gathering lavender. Herbert Smerdon and friends tour the pretty villages in rural Suffolk circa 1964.
Amateur film 1928 4 mins Silent Location: Southwold
Tug o' war, Tradesmen's Cycle Race, Sack Bumping. Rural Sports Day on Southwold Common in which the community gather to take part in the day's scheduled activities.
Documentary 2021 13 mins
A poetic response to the experience of the Coronavirus pandemic, drawing on the collections of 12 UK film archives.
Promotional 2021 1 mins
The 65th BFI London Film Festival in partnership with American Express.
1955 17 mins Location: Brighton
Kids face the closure of their Brighton playground but fight back to reclaim it, with a little help from the iconic Volks Railway
Children's 1954 59 mins Location: Goudhurst
Child actor Mandy Miller shines in this children's adventure set in the traditional hop picking season in Kent.
Drama 2020 4 mins
A driver tries some small talk to connect with his Uber passenger, but ends up raising bigger issues.
Performance 1979 36 mins Location: Liverpool
Black music and culture in the community