What we do

We work with a wide range of groups, communities, organisations and individuals across the East of England. From exhibitions, to filmmaking projects, music and mental wellbeing, to archive film and natural heritage.

Explore a summary of some of our projects below, or get in touch for more information.

EXHIBITIONS

Alfred Cohen: An American Artist in Europe

Working with the Alfred Cohen Art Foundation on a project to mark the artist’s centenary. Born in Chicago in 1920, but choosing to live most of his life in England, four exhibitions of Alfred Cohen’s work were planned in London and Norfolk.

The Beatles in Twickenham

An exhibition and heritage project based in Twickenham, West London and developed by The Exchange, St Mary’s University and Reel Connections. Supported by Richmond Borough Council’s Civic Pride Fund, the project celebrated a unique period in the sixties when ‘Swinging’ London was at the heart of the pop, film and fashion worlds, and the Twickenham area developed a long association with the most famous pop group in the world.

FILMMAKING

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.

As part of the project we worked with a diverse range of young people across the East Anglia to co-produce some creative films inspired by natural heritage.

CREATING THE FUTURE

 

A creative filmmaking project developed by Reel Connections in collaboration with students from Soham Village College in Cambridgeshire. The students were asked to produce ten short films profiling the careers of creative professionals in their area. Commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival Bridge, each film represented one of the DCMS identified creative industries and was based around an interview with a sector professional who lives and works in the region. The aim was to show other young people that they do not have to leave the region for a creative job and the films were made available online for schools, parents and young people.

Part of Creating the Future, 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.

COURSES

We offer a range of film and film appreciation courses for all ages and levels.

Courses are facilitated by the Reel Connections team, or by another experienced tutor.

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!

Music on My Mind is a project designed to encourage positive discussion around men’s mental health through the shared enjoyment of popular music. Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund

Our monthly Record Club is inspired by the growth of album listening clubs such as ‘Classic Album Sundays’. The meetings are a friendly and informal opportunity listen to a classic album on vinyl, before discussing the record together. Record Club is supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, Norwich Theatre and the 12th Man Campaign.

You can also check out our series of podcasts where we chatted with guests like David Hepworth and Jon Robb, discuss their careers and what music means to them, and explore the extraordinary power of music to connect all of us.

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.

The Young Film Programmer’s strategy aims to increase young people’s awareness and enjoyment of specialised film whilst providing more opportunities for people to engage with independent film and cinemas.

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.

SCREENINGS + ARCHIVE FILM

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.

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

BRITAIN ON FILM: PROTEST

Britain on Film: PROTEST! is a compilation of archive film from across the UK that celebrates the history of activism.

From a 1910 suffragette demonstration to striking coal miners in the Rhondda Valley, from female CND protesters spanning the Tamar Bridge to the defeat of fascists at London’s Cable Street, this absorbing, illuminating collection examines the nature of protests large and small and for causes regional and national, by participants fighting for suffrage and democracy, against exploitation and inequality, for fair wages and worker’s rights, for public safety, freedom and community and in the face of war and oppression.

 

SISTERS OF SILENTS

Sisters of Silents was an evening of archive film and live music made by female and non-binary artists. With a programme of specially selected films from the East Anglian Film Archive’s Women’s Amateur Filmmakers Collection brought to life with original live musical scores and all in the stunning surroundings of Norwich’s Octagon Chapel.

This event featured local artists Vanity Fairy, Bug Teeth and Milly Hirst and focused on the theme of Women’s Histories with a selection of original, and often surprising, films made by women amateur filmmakers dating as far back as 1930.

The programme was part of the BFI Film Audience Network’s nation-wide Changing Times project.

SOUND OF SILENTS

Sound of Silents was a three year programme of specially compiled archive film from the East Anglian Film Archive and British Film Institute. Screened alongside original scores of live music by local musicians, across Norfolk and Suffolk.

The project was part of the BFI’s Britain on Film; British lives, caught on film and collected online. With a collection of previously unseen film capturing 120 years of Britain on film.