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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New Town from Old
Produced by the Hemel Hempstead Development Corporation in the early 60s, this is an update on how Hemel Hempstead has grown as "one of the 8 new towns around London."
Sponsored film 1962 13 mins
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Starting with shots of the old town and it's heritage, the film then focuses on the development, started in 1950, of a number of new neighbourhoods built around the town each with their own shops, new churches, community centres and pubs to house the thousands of people who had moved from London. We're taken on a tour of the first new town neighbourhood, Adeyfield and the Queen's Square and on to Bennetts End, Chaulden, Warner's End and Gadebridge.
The focus is on the facilities, lanscaping and choice of accommodation from bedsits to townhouses and the wide variety of architectural design. The commentary explains "a terrace, ending in a group of corner flats, an example of the ingenuity with which architects have designed buildings to turn corners"........
Garden Cities & New Towns
Promotional 1952 10 mins Silent Location: Letchworth Garden City
1903 saw the launch of "First Garden City Ltd." and the purchase of development land near Hitchin. 50 years on, in Coronation year, Letchworth was worthy of another celebration.
1956 14 mins Location: Harlow
An insider's guide to 1950s Harlow made for US audiences, with architect Frederick Gibberd interviewed from the top of the Lawn tower block.
Cinemagazine 1973 8 mins Location: Milton Keynes
"The most exciting thing going on in Europe, if not the world": welcome to Milton Keynes circa 1973.
News 1966 3 mins Location: Stevenage
Stevenage is town planning utopia, for it boasts at least 50 - yes 50! - underpasses. Like a pro, the reporter’s enthusiasm enlivens the dry subject matter. Journeying is but a joy!
Amateur film 1957 15 mins Silent Location: Welwyn Garden City
Picturesque tour of Welwyn, England's second Garden City. A rural-urban idyll of spacious residential areas and green community spaces. A marvel of town planning design!
Animation & Artists Moving Image 1948 8 mins
Charley says (no, not that one) that Britain’s new towns are great
Sport 1976 5 mins Location: Hemel Hempstead
Women cricketers are just as tough as the men, and no, despite rumours, they don’t wear coconut shells to protect themselves during matchplay!
Documentary 1959 11 mins Location: Hemel Hempstead
Splendid colour film of historic Hemel Hempstead ten years after its launch as one of Britain's burgeoning New Towns.
Industry sponsored film 1957 12 mins Silent Location: Hemel Hempstead
A sales-pitch portrait of the Hertfordshire town of Hemel Hempstead, still settling into its New Town status as "the modern town in the countryside".
Documentary 1937 34 mins Silent Location: Houses of Parliament
Follow working narrow boats as they make their 60-hour trip from London to Birmingham along Britain's longest industrial waterway.
1972 5 mins Location: Bushey
Hertfordshire blazes a trail in providing for travellers.
Amateur film 1959 2 mins Silent Location: Hemel Hempstead
A lament for a more picturesque Britain; scenic Hertfordshire is threatened by the encroachment of a new motorway, the M1.
Documentary 2020 11 mins
Searching for one of the last people to speak Gayle - a secret language the gay community were forced to invent during Apartheid.
Animation & Artists Moving Image 2017 4 mins
A comedy-drama animation about two best friends growing up in the same world but experiencing it completely differently.
Drama 2019 14 mins
An African Pentecostal Pastor questions everything she believes after a life-changing event.
Drama 2018 8 mins
Samona Olanipekun explores the concepts of home, identity and belonging, from the starting point of the theme of globalisation.
Drama 2017 16 mins
Compelling story of a complex relationship between an imperious father and his son.
Documentary 2020 28 mins
Three African American fathers unravel the incomparable partnership of forgiveness and community.
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