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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A bumbling vicar steals the scene in this short chase film; a silent comedy set in a Norfolk village, featuring many of the villagers.
Amateur film 1937 9 mins
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Chase film, a silent comedy, featuring the pupils of Ingoldisthorpe primary school in Norfolk. Filmed in 1937 by preparatory schoolmaster Anthony Wilson. Masquerading as a new school mistress, a thief steals the visiting Lady Melrose’s beautiful pearl necklace. The school children set off in quick pursuit until the village bobby apprehends the pickpocket imposter.
As well as recording local events, Anthony C. Wilson, a preparatory schoolmaster, scripted and produced a number of short films, adventures set in the Norfolk village Ingoldisthorpe, featuring local schoolboys. These thrilling stories would inspire his later work, scripting radio plays for the BBC’s ‘Children’s Hour’, and writing his own books featuring the popular characters, boy detectives Norman and Henry Bones.
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