Reel Connections has worked on a variety of pop-up screenings and archive film events. We have worked closely with the British Film Institute’s Film Audience Network to bring archive film alive in new ways, and to engage a broader range of audiences.

If you’d like to talk to us about a project then get in touch.


Forever Young

Sound of Silents


Sisters of Silents


Celebrating Music’s Rebels and Pioneers

REVOLUTIONS is a programme of pop-up screenings of films that shine a light on some of the diverse creative and political voices that have challenged and transformed both music and society.

From the, largely untold, history of electronic music’s women pioneers in Sisters with Transistors (2020) to the relationship between punk and protest in the 1970’s with White Riot (2019) and the thrilling archive footage that documents the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival in Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) (2021).

Revolutions is a partnership project with Creative Arts East, and is supported by Film Hub South East and the BFI’s Film Audience Network.

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From troublemakers to trailblazers; celebrating the diversity of British youth culture.


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.

The film is available to screen for free, please contact us to find out more.

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


Bringing our stories to new audiences through regional archive film.

Sound of Silents is our 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.


Featuring a range of footage from the East Anglian Film Archive that explores the curiosity of childhood and youth, from amateur home footage to educational films, news items and animation.

The programme of footage formed part of a special event in October 2022 at the Octagon Chapel in Norwich, where the films were accompanied by live original soundtracks by local musicians Broads feat. Jess Blake, Kitty Perrin and Milly Hirst.

We are also planning to put together a package of the selected films, with original scores, to be screened across the region. Contact us to find out more.

The project is supported by the BFI Film Audience Network and part of Film Hub North’s Curious programme supporting archive film events across the UK which celebrate the human desire to learn more about the people and things around us.


The project was originally 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.


Celebrating the city of Norwich on film. With music from Milly Hirst, Birds of Hell and Mammal Hands.


A selection of films from rural Norfolk and Suffolk. With music from Sink Ya Teeth, BROADS and Wooden Arms.


Archive film from the coastal regions of Norfolk and Suffolk. With original scores from Milly Hirst, BROADS and Roger Eno.


Exploring the dynamic history of activism in the UK from 1910-1986

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.

Sourced from the national and regional archives and newly digitised, Britain on Film: Protest! tells a story not just about specific protests and their causes, but about a tumultuous century, the constant presence of public dissent and its dynamic effects as a weapon of change – at a time when raising our voices feels more essential than ever.

Reel Connections hosted a special screening followed by a discussion with a panel with Dr Andrew Boswell (Green Party Parliamentary Candidate Broadland and Consultant in Climate Emergency Planning and Policy) and young activists and representatives of Extinction Rebellion as part of Climate Action Day 2019.

The project was supported by the BFI Film Audience Network as part of Changing Times: Shifting Ground – exploring changing relationships with the environment in 2019.


Archive film and live music made by female and non-binary artists.

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