Connecting people through film and music

Reel Connections uses film, music and the creative arts to connect people, groups and communities across Norfolk and the South East. We deliver events, screenings and activities with people of all ages and abilities.



Podcast no.5 –For our fifth podcast we were pleased to be joined by author and broadcaster David Hepworth. We chat about his new book (‘Overpaid, Oversexed and Over There’), his popular Word in Your Ear podcasts and videocasts, the ways technology has shaped the way...


Podcast no.4 – This month Stuart and Guy are joined from sunny California by author, presenter and journalist Andrew Smith. We look at how music has continually inspired Andrew’s work, through his time as a music journalist, writing his bestselling Moondust: in Search...


Podcast no.3 - This month Stuart and Guy are joined by music psychologist Victoria Williamson to discuss the power of music and the amazing ways it can physically reshape our brains. In our chat we discuss the positive impacts of music on our mental and physical...


Podcast no.2 Our second episode features musician and journalist John Robb in conversation with hosts Stuart Hobday and Guy Martin. The discussion covers everything from the emergence of punk to the power of music journalism and the contemporary music industry, with...


Podcast no.1  Author Richard Balls talks with Stuart Hobday and Guy Martin about Shane MacGowan and the Pogues, Ian Dury, and Stiff Records. Richard Balls is the author of Sex & Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll: The Life Of Ian Dury, Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story and...

Music On My Mind

If you’re anything like us, you’ll still remember the first record you ever bought. Music has probably been the soundtrack to all the major events in your life ever since.

We have been working with Norfolk Library & Information Service and the 12th Man Campaign to develop a new programme of record listening clubs and events in and around Norwich and the wider area, and we are looking for people interested in getting involved. Click here to find out more


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About Us

Reel Connections is a Community Interest Company that uses film, music and the creative arts to connect people, groups and communities across Norfolk and the South East. We deliver events, screenings and activities with people of all ages and abilities, including in those areas where provision for young and diverse audiences is below average.

Our activities are designed to;

  • Build on people’s enjoyment of film, music and the creative arts to improve wellbeing and develop relevant skills and opportunities.
  • Increase creative participation and engagement amongst community groups and individuals of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
  • Engage and inspire those who are experience social and rural isolation and disadvantage and have had little or inconsistent engagement with the creative arts.

Meet The Team


Our team are experienced in programme delivery and management having specialised in film and music-related activity in a wide variety of community settings.



Guy Martin


Guy has worked in the film and arts education sector for over 30 years devising and delivering education and audience engagement projects.

Prior to founding Reel Connections, Guy managed Cinema City Education leading on the delivery of screenings, events and courses for schools, colleges and adult learners. Previously, Guy was Head of Media and Film Studies at DLD College in London. More recently he has been working on projects with organisations including St Mary’s University and City & Guilds. In 2018 Guy received the Norfolk  Arts Award for Education and Community work.

Guy holds an MA in Video Production from Bournemouth University and a BA in Film Studies from Reading University. He is fairly eclectic in his film and music tastes and, depending on what day you ask him, would list Vertigo, Jaws or Almost Famous among his favourite films.


Anna Blagrove


Anna has been a film and media educator and researcher since 2007. She is a Lecturer in Animation (Visual Effects) at Norwich University of the Arts and attained a PhD from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in 2020. The title of her thesis is Teens’ Screens: The Places, Values and Roles of Film Consumption and Cinema-Going for Young Audiences. From 2014-2020 she convened and taught film and media studies modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level at UEA.

Anna was Education Officer at Cinema City for over ten years where, with a team, she programmed, marketed, administered, and delivered informal film education events for all ages and sections of the community. She is a qualified teacher of English as a second language with experience teaching at private language schools.

Anna has a passion for the cinema experience and is driven to ensure that future generations can continue to enjoy independent cinemas and see a broad spectrum of specialised films. She has a penchant for the gloriously camp and darkly comic Australian ‘glitter cycle’ films of the 1990s such as: Strictly Ballroom (1992, Dir. Baz Luhrmann), Priscilla Queen of the Desert (1994, Dir. Stephen Elliott), and Muriel’s Wedding (1994, Dir. P.J Hogan).


Lewis Wickwar


Lewis is a freelance Arts Educator and project manager with a strong track record in community arts.

He uses film and video techniques to engage groups of all ages and abilities, with a particular focus on collaboration and advocacy.

Lewis has worked on a wide-range of Arts projects and events in Norfolk, Suffolk and beyond over the last ten years, for organisations including Creative Arts East, Suffolk Artlink, Norfolk and Norwich Festival, the British Film Institute and The Roundhouse.


Milly Kirby


Milly currently works as a freelance Arts Producer and Coordinator on a variety of creative projects in the region. She produces the Young Norfolk Arts Festival, a platform that celebrates creativity and performance by and for young people in Norfolk. Her background is in both film and music, working as a freelance musician, workshop facilitator and events coordinator with organisations like Norfolk & Norwich Festival, the British Film Institute, the Norwich 2040 Local Cultural Education Partnership and Creative Arts East.


Since graduating from Norwich University of the Arts with a BA in Visual Studies in 2010, she has worked at Cinema City in Norwich as Education Officer for their educational charity Cinema City Education. From 2017-2019 she was with the Norfolk & Norwich Festival working on their Festival Bridge programme.

She is passionate about the benefits arts and culture can have on both individuals and communities, and particularly providing authentic experiences for children and young people from all backgrounds to engage in the arts and creative industries.


Shelby Cooke


Shelby is an MA graduate from the University of East Anglia, focusing her research on the cultural and societal implications of stars and celebrities on British national identity. She has undertaken research on the representation of Englishness in post-war media, using the acting performances of David Bowie as a case study. Her other research topics include the representation of motherhood in the films of Andrea Arnold, the queering of aristocratic men in Edward Berger’s Patrick Melrose series and Paddington Bear in a post-Brexit Britain. She is also a freelance culture and media writer, writing on a variety of subjects but mostly British cinema, and is a founding member and the Editor-in-Chief of Reel Connections’ Young Film Programmer group, Film East. 

Before completing her MA, Shelby received her Bachelor’s degree in marketing from The Pennsylvania State University, with a double minor in film studies and international studies. She is passionate about using media and art as a way for audiences to understand themselves and the world around them and making all forms of art and education accessible to everyone. She is working towards a career in film programming and research. 


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