Forever Young is a specially compiled programme of rarely screened films from the collections of the East Anglian Film Archive.  Featuring an extraordinary range of local news and documentaries shot throughout our region,  Forever Young celebrates the diversity of British youth culture from the early 1970s through to the 1990s. Viewed together, these films offer a unique history of the profound social movements that transformed British society, and how they connected to the trailblazing music (and sometimes outlandish fashions!) of the times. 

Supported by the BFI Film Audience Network with National Lottery funding as part of New Directions.

Screenings

Young Film Programmers

A Young Film Programmer’s Group is a team of 16-30-year olds who meet to programme, publicise and deliver film screenings in areas where cinema provision for young and diverse audiences remains inconsistent and/or below average.

Film Hub South East have awarded Reel Connections the sub-region partner contract for the British Film Institute’s Young Film Programmers Network. Our work involves developing and supporting YFP groups in independent venues across our sub-region*.

The Young Film Programmer’s strategy is an important initiative that connects to many of our shared organisational objectives. This includes increasing young people’s awareness and enjoyment of specialised film whilst providing more opportunities for people to engage with independent film and cinemas.

*Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Oxfordshire, Suffolk

Become a member

YFP Network membership is free and easy to join! Benefits include:

• Comprehensive resource pack to help kick-start your YFP group
• One-to-one support session to help you plan your approach and recruitment (via phone call or in-venue)
• Introductory training session for up to three members of your team
• Optional in-house training session for nurturing a whole-staff team approach to take place within your venue
• Face-to-face networking session and follow-up training for facilitators and young film programmers
• Online networking via closed Facebook group
• Sharing best practice with other YFP groups in the network
• Year-round support and advice
• Email updates and opportunities via our newsletter

If you are interested in finding out more about starting a Young Film Programmer’s Group, or if you already run a YFP group in the region, please get in touch. Contact us to arrange a telephone call or an in-person meeting to discuss in more detail.

FILM EAST

Film East, the Norwich branch of the Young Film Programmer’s network, provides a platform for young audiences to experience and interact with film. Run by a group of young people, Film East aims to educate and inspire the next generation of film enthusiasts by offering unique opportunities to connect through thought-provoking cinema.

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Intermissions

To keep us all connected with each other during this tricky time, Reel Connections have been partnering with Film Hub South East to host Intermissions, a range of activities, industry-related resources and opportunities for Young Film Programmers (YFP’s) and their audiences. Click on the links below to catch-up with what’s been happening.

If you are already a YFP, or a young person interested in getting involved, then our closed Facebook group is a great place to share good practice, swap ideas, troubleshoot and promote your activities more widely. So, if you are not already a member, please do join up.

If you are a facilitator or member of a programming team, and would like further information about the Young Film Programmers project you can contact us.

YFP Recommends

Young Film Programmers from across our region recommend films they think we should all watch! Read what other Young Film Programmers from across the country think you might like to watch from comedy and classics to Science fiction and thrillers.

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Weekly round up

There is a whole host of FREE treats to choose from via online players, with new and classic films to watch on free-to-view channels each week check out our recommendations online on All4, BBC iPlayer and more.

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Online Screenings

During lockdown, our Young Film Programmers across the South East region have been suggesting great films to communally watch, followed by a chance to discuss the film afterwards.

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Industry sessions

These sessions are designed to give our Young Film Programmers and others the opportunity to talk directly to people working in the film exhibition sector and related professions, find out more about what their work involves and their career paths so far.

Intermissions is a range of Young Film Programmers-focused activities, programmed by Film Hub South East and Reel Connections.

Previous Sessions

Missed any of our previous Intermissions Industry Sessions? Click here to view them on the ICO’s YouTube channel…..

Music On My Mind

 

“We all have songs that are so wrapped around our lives that they stop being just songs and become something else. Something more integral to us, like extra DNA…” Miranda Sawyer, Journalist and Broadcaster

‘It was a secret network. It was how you made friends, how you met girls, and how you soundtracked your world’. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop – Bob Stanley, author and musician

 

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. It also connects us to other people; a social experience in which nearly everyone shares, prompting passionate (though hopefully good-natured!) disagreements, and lasting friendships.

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.

The project is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund and we had been getting ready to host our first meetings in 2020, but obviously had to change our plans. We’re now hoping it won’t be too long before we can start meeting up in person, but in the meantime, we’ll be posting podcasts, events and information online.

If you’d like to get in touch and find out more about the project and how to get involved please contact us here

 

Sign up to the newsletter

Sign up to our regular newsletter to keep up to date with the project, podcasts and events.

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Find us on Instagram

Check out the MOMM Instagram page to explore musical memories, memorabilia, archives and more.

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Join the Facebook Group

Join our MOMM Facebook group here to share your own music memories and memorabilia.

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MOMM Podcasts

Podcast no.1  Author Richard Balls talks with Stuart Hobday and Guy Martin about Shane MacGowan and the Pogues, Ian Dury, and Stiff Records.

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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.

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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…

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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 and writer.

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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, his popular Word in Your Ear podcasts and videocasts, the ways technology has shaped the way we consume and identify with music and the perils of buying records after the pub.

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Filmmaking

Projects and workshops

 

Common Ground

Common Ground is a Norfolk & Norwich Festival 250 Project that connects young people with their local heritage through the arts. Over the next three years the project will engage creatively and digitally with young people across East Anglia, providing opportunities for 13-25 year olds to take part in events, projects, skills development, leadership training and paid traineeships. The project is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, and delivered in partnership with Norfolk Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Prince’s Trust, SHARE Museums East,  Colchester & Ipswich Museums and Suffolk Wildlife Trust. Find out more here.

Reel Connections have created and led two filmmaking projects commissioned by Common Ground.

Our Fenland

Produced by Reel Connections and commissioned by Common Ground, Our Fenland is a short film made by young people living in the Cambridgeshire Fenlands. The aim of the project was to increase young people’s engagement with their natural and cultural heritage. The project was funded by Historic England and supported by the Young Fenland Cultural Consortium.

Capturing the Common

Capturing the Common was created over summer 2021. Common Ground invited a group of young people to a filmmaking project led by Reel Connections at Norfolk Wildlife Trust’s Roydon Common. This is the brilliant film they created, which highlights the beauty and importance of this unique place and shows that nature reserves are a place for young people.

Creating the Future

A filmmaking project developed by Reel Connections in collaboration with students from Soham Village College in Cambridgeshire. Creating the Future is a series of short films profiling the careers of creative professionals. Commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge.

Creating the Future is a partnership project building effective information, advice and guidance to make the creative industries a viable career pathway for young people from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. The project ran until 2020 with secondary schools selected by the Collaborative Outreach Network.