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Films of rural life in days gone by star in special festival event

PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 October 2016

Stills from the film Our Daily Bread (1938) which will be featured in Sounds of Silents: The Pasture and Plough at Octagon Chapel for the 2016 Norwich Sound and Vision festival. Credit: East Anglian Film Archive.

Stills from the film Our Daily Bread (1938) which will be featured in Sounds of Silents: The Pasture and Plough at Octagon Chapel for the 2016 Norwich Sound and Vision festival. Credit: East Anglian Film Archive.

East Anglian Film Archive

Films of rural life in days gone by are starring in a special event at this year’s Norwich Sound and Vision festival.

Stills from the film Our Daily Bread (1938) which will be featured in Sounds of Silents: The Pasture and Plough at Octagon Chapel for the 2016 Norwich Sound and Vision festival. Credit: East Anglian Film Archive.Stills from the film Our Daily Bread (1938) which will be featured in Sounds of Silents: The Pasture and Plough at Octagon Chapel for the 2016 Norwich Sound and Vision festival. Credit: East Anglian Film Archive.

Cinema City Education is presenting Sounds of Silents: The Pasture and Plough, at the Octagon Chapel, in Colegate, on Friday, October 14. The footage of Norfolk and Suffolk from the East Anglian Film Archive will be played to original live scores performed by local musicians Alex Carson and Wooden Arms, Broads and Sink Ya Teeth. The event is part of the British Film Institute’s Britain on Film project.

Millie Kirby, education officer at Cinema City Education, said: “The aim of the Britain on Film project is to show archive film in a new context and make it as accessible as possible, so we’ve chosen musicians we think will give a new lease of life to the footage. They’re all very different musically and have come up with completely original scores to accompany the films. You can expect some really beautiful imagery and atmospheric sounds, all in the equally beautiful and unique surroundings of the Octagon Chapel.”

Among the films to be shown will be Our Daily Bread, from 1938, which was filmed by engineer and amateur film enthusiast Alex Bax at Castle Farm, Caister, and in the Savoy kitchens in London, and shows how wheat is turned into bread. Other films will include: Twilight Time (1968), the train journey from Norwich to Sheringham; A Celebration of Midsummer (1966), scenes of children on a nature ramble near Whatfield, Suffolk and bat hunting at Great Glenham, near Saxmundham; The Story of a Norfolk Farm (1930s); Farm Machinery (1950), filmed by Frederick Barker on farms around Rickinghall; and Norfolk Farming (1953), filmed at Branthill Farm at Holkham.

Sounds of Silents: The Pasture and Plough is at the Octagon Chapel on October 14 at 7pm. Tickets £7 (concessions £6). To book, visit www.cinemacityeducation.org.uk or email info@cinemacity.org.uk

Stills from the film Our Daily Bread (1938) which will be featured in Sounds of Silents: The Pasture and Plough at Octagon Chapel for the 2016 Norwich Sound and Vision festival. Credit: East Anglian Film Archive.Stills from the film Our Daily Bread (1938) which will be featured in Sounds of Silents: The Pasture and Plough at Octagon Chapel for the 2016 Norwich Sound and Vision festival. Credit: East Anglian Film Archive.

For more on Norwich Sound and Vision, visit www.norwichsoundandvision.co.uk


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