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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The Romance of the Swan
An affectionate record of the nesting period of a female swan. Winner of the 'Home Movies' magazine amateur filmmaking competition, 1933.
Amateur film 1933 12 mins Silent
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Gold Medal winner of the 'Home Movies' filmmaking competition, portraying a swan courtship, then nesting period on the Norfolk Broads, until a cygnet brood is produced, captured by amateur filmmaker E.C. Le Grice in 1933.
Animals on Film
Documentary 1940 12 mins
Fun mixture of natural history and wartime public information.
Comedy 2004 4 mins
Sweet and funny short about a potty-mouthed dog who loves his owner
Non-Fiction 1959 3 mins
Six legged competitors take to the starting blocks as a Midlands pub brings the sport of beetle racing to the world.
News 1971 5 mins Location: St Keverne
Daisy the pet alligator living on the Lizard in Cornwall
Children's 1972 52 mins Director: David Eady
Fun-packed comedy for kids, in which a boy befriends a baby elephant – then teams up with his friends to stop it being sold
Amateur film 1967 14 mins Location: Thompson Common
Should you look hard enough, you’ll be amazed at the antics that creatures get up to, says Dorothy Maxey, amateur filmmaker and naturalist.
Amateur film 1955 13 mins Location: Wroxham Broad
Are you a yachter or windmill lover? Maybe you’re a twitcher, or a painter? An amateur film about those ‘daft hobbyists’ who love Broadland.
Amateur film 1929 18 mins Silent Location: Wroxham Broad
With their gramophone perched on the back of their launch, the Jenkins family set off for a day of rest and relaxation on the Broads and Suffolk coast.
Travelogue 1920 11 mins Silent Location: Wroxham Broad
This promotional film made as a series focused on 'Beauty Spots of Britain' must have been a photographer's dream commision.
Promotional 1954 21 mins Silent Location: Wroxham
The boating holiday business was big on the Broads but fleet hire firm Blakes still had to advertise to entice 'would be sailors' to come onboard.
Non-Fiction 1932 18 mins Silent Location: Wroxham Broad
Having the Norfolk Broads nearby as a tailor made waterside training camp must have helped the 1st Norwich Sea Scouts respond to the call to fly the flag for Great Britain.
Amateur film 1937 2 mins Silent Location: Wroxham Broad
Easter fell at the end of March in 1937 and, judging from the grey skies, wind and woolly jumpers in this film, it may well have been a cold one!
Travelogue 1907 9 mins Silent
A grand tour of Japan’s major cities, offering scenic views of the streets and daily life.
Interest film 1913 3 mins Silent
This ethnographic film offers a brief overview of the traditional culture of the Ainu, an ethnic minority in Japan.
Documentary 1905 4 mins
The performance of a masked dancer is followed by a scene from a kendo match, contrasting grace and ferocity.
Non-Fiction 1904 2 mins Silent
In a school gymnastic festival, boys and girls demonstrate their physical rigour through exercise and dance.
Interest film 1909 5 mins Silent
A vibrant festival with parades of fishermen and geisha celebrates the 50th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port.
1912 5 mins Silent
Pathécolor’s mechanical stencil colouring is put to good use illustrating a festival at an ancient shrine.