From the early days of silent cinema, through the golden age of the picture palace to the modern multiplexes and beyond, The Final Reel takes an affectionate and entertaining look at our nations’ obsession with cinemas.
Narrated by celebrated actor Sir John Hurt CBE this feature length documentary tells the fascinating story of how cinemas and cinema going have developed and flourished over the years – even in some of the most rural parts of England. Along the way we meet some of the colourful characters that are a key part of this story and hear the tales of how they kept the audiences coming back for more. The Final Reel is a film that celebrates local cinemas – past and present – and our timeless obsession with the buildings, films, stars and the people that spend their lives in-thrall of them. Featuring a mix of actuality, interviews and archive material the film offers an entertaining and sometimes moving overview of the history of cinema going in Norfolk and a snapshot of cinema going in England today. It also asks the question; Is this the final reel in the story of cinema or just another chapter in it’s continuing development?
Featuring footage provided by the East Anglian Film Archive.