The Assembly House Trust is teaming up with Cinema City Education to present a selection of archive films of rural Norfolk and Suffolk from the East Anglian Film Archive, brought to life by an original live musical soundtrack.
The Pasture & Plough with Alex Carson (Wooden Arms)
Alex Carson is a composer, musician and member of Wooden Arms, a contemporary quintet who draw from Alternative, Classical, and Trip-Hop music. Working closely with the material provided from the archive, Alex has weaved a score that reflects the beauty and atmosphere of the films. Exploring themes of nostalgia and tradition, as well as the transitory nature of life, mixed in with a little rural folklore. He will be performing live with members of Wooden Arms.
The evening will feature a programme of films from EAFA, made available through the British Film Institute’s Britain on Filmproject:
Our Daily Bread (1938)– Made on location near Hemsby, Norfolk just before the war. Engineer and amateur film enthusiast Alex Bax filmed his family in scenes of the harvest, threshing and milling as his summer ‘production’ of ‘Our Daily Bread’.
A Celebration of Midsummer (1966)– Produced for the BBC, this film features pastoral scenes of village life, from midsummer bonfires to wheat stooked in the fields and cows grazing.
The Story of a Norfolk Farm (1930s)– The day to day life on a busy Norfolk farm in the 1930s is shown in this instructional film, detailing all the processes that keep the farm running throughout the year.
The Herncrake Witch (1913)– An excerpt from a silent supernatural short film by Heron Films. Sir Blondel visits a local school with his son, insisting that Jackeydawra, granddaughter of the ‘Herncrake Woman’, should be allowed to attend, much to the dismay of the girls in the classroom. Running to the woods, Jackeydawra encounters her grandmother, a witch, sparking a fantastical chain of events…
Supported by The Assembly House Trust
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