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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Water On The Brain
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 1955 13 mins
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J.D. Butcher's film was the ‘first time entrant’ winner in the 1955 Competition of the Amateur Cinematographers, and shows the “few daft reasons for those who like Broadland”. From the gentle yachters and speedboat racers, windmill lovers, artists who capture the landscape on canvas, bird watchers, anglers, and the ‘lazers’, whose simple pleasure is to idle away the day on the placid waterways, for on the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads visitors have "water on the brain".
Amateur filmmaker, I.A.C. member Mr J.D. Butcher was known by his middle name, Douglas. He was founder of Starline Paints, and was an accomplished artist in oil painting.
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Non-Fiction 1932 18 mins Silent Location: Wroxham Broad
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Non-Fiction 1924 1 mins Silent Location: Woking
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Comedy 1914 9 mins Silent
A vicar is caught flirting with an improperly-dressed chorus girl in this saucy silent comedy.
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