This website is the result of an ongoing partnership between Postcode Films and the University of East Anglia’s School of International Development (DEV). More recently, to mark the 50th anniversary of the university, this partnership has broadened to involve the Department of History and the East Anglia Film Archive. At UEA, Postcode Films facilitate film projects with undergraduates and postgraduates who are interested in using film as part of their research, both in academia and at a professional level.

The result is this collection of short documentaries about the local area, each one reflecting a particular reality of a local person or group. Seen together these films form a substantial and unique portrait of life in East Anglia. From the rural lives of a bell-ringing group, the coastal industries of crab fishing and seal boat tourism, to the experiences of Norwich’s refugee community and a choir for local blind people, the traditions and evolving communities of the region are explored. Each year we continue to add to this collection and anticipate that it will become a significant archive of its own in the future.
Students from this course have used the skills learned to gain work at media development organisations, the UN, on broadcast documentary programmes and for international NGOs. Several of the films have been screened at film festivals across the UK.

Leah Braverman, co-director of Crabs Gather Here, 2012
Postcode Films really helped me land an internship working in digital productions at the United Nations Research Institute for Social Development this summer. Not only was the organisation impressed with the ethnographic film I made during the Postcode films, but one of my first tasks was to create a short film in a week highlighting an international conference held at the International Labour Office, which Postcode Films certainly helped prepare me for!