Colchester Film Makers Club was the overall winner of the East Anglian Film Competition, winning both the 15 minute programme and Best Film trophies.(4 October 2014)
The host club’s winning entries were "Sorry", a drama about a failed murder; "Capability", a delightful cameo of autumn in a stately garden; and "Albedo", an enlightening film about the importance of reflections.
The EAFC Best Film trophy was awarded to “Sorry”, a club project, which was directed and edited by Peter Noakes with John Jones on camera. (Pictured are the film crew and cast).
The annual competition is between Colchester, Cromwell Video Camera Club of Cambridgeshire and Lowestoft Movie Makers.
The club’s summer outing saw members and partners filming at the Museum of East Anglian Life at Stowmarket in Suffolk on 9 August 2014 .
Usually, members are encouraged to make individual films, based on their annual visits but, on this occasion, it was decided members should join forces and make a short club documentary about the site. A copy of the edited film will be given to the museum trust. While some members toured the 80 acre site looking for suitable “cut away” material, cameramen Peter Noakes (left) and John “JJ” Jones filmed fellow club member Paul Desmond interviewing a number of staff and enthusiasts. Here Paul is asking museum volunteer Jonathan Pattel about the history of the Empress of Britain, one of a number of steam engines owned by the museum.
By the end of the day club members were unanimous: the visit had been hugely enjoyable and the museum a fertile location for film making.
The land was originally part of the medieval Abbot’s Hall estate and had had numerous owners before it was bought by the Longe family in 1903. It was Misses Vera and Ena Longe who placed the farmland and Abbot’s Hall and gardens in trust to be used as the museum, which opened in 1967.
Scores of people gathered at the war memorial, outside Castle Park, at 7pm for a silent vigil to mark the centenary of the start of hostilities that were to cost so many lives – more than 1,000 from Colchester alone.
Included among those present were the town’s MP, Sir Bob Russell; the Bishop of Chelmsford, Stephen Cottrell; the new Bishop of Colchester, Roger Morris; and the garrison commander, Colonel Gary Wilkinson OBE.
The winner of the Film of the Year 2013-14 Boudicca Award is Bijunu Padincharayil with his delightful seven minute short entitled, Finding Rockzy, which tells the story of two children hunting their missing cat.
The competition, attended by a capacity audience, including the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, was held at the Headgate Theatre and was judged by three independent judges.