About

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.

Naomi Herron, co-director of Way of the Bells
I have always been fascinated by other people's stories, but  never thought I would get the opportunity to tell them  through film. The short course with Postcode Films was a  great introduction to the practical techniques and ethical  considerations necessary for ethnographic filmmaking, as we  were challenged to research, film, edit and screen a short film  in just one week. Following the course I took up opportunities  to work alongside professional filmmakers in London, helping  to edit a feature length documentary, and secured a work placement with an international charity, producing short online videos promoting their work. Inspired by the Postcode Films course I am continuing to pursue opportunities to document stories worth sharing through film.