Community film project set for premiere

Films depicting crab fishing, piano bashing and an elaborate display of hats are among the gems which form a community project taking place as part of the Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival (COAST).

Run by the North Norfolk Film Forum the project, Two Minutes of Your Time, involved asking people from all walks of life in Cromer and Sheringham to create a 120 second clip capturing what the area means to them.

Project manager Siri Taylor, said the aim had been to record a snapshot of the many different types of people living in north Norfolk.

She said: 'It started off as an idea to link the two towns and grew from there into something the whole community could get involved in.

'The aim was for people to send in films show their interests and feelings about the towns. We have got back a real mixture of things, a real melting pot, from films by people in their 90s to schools who have entered films.'

An early version of the movie, which was funded with help from the Crab and Lobster Festival, Norfolk Community Foundation and Norfolk County Council Arts Fund, was shown at the Crab and Lobster Festival which took place in both towns in May.

But a full premiere which is free to attend, is taking place as part of the Cromer and Sheringham Arts Festival (COAST), at Sheringham Little Theatre on Tuesday, October 26 from 7.30pm until 9.30pm. There will also be a continuous showing of the film at The Cottage Function Room in Cromer on Wednesday, October 27, from 4pm – 6pm.

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Films which have been made include a showcase of the famous crab boats and a film featuring former Sheringham Mayor Noel Gant, and a celebration of former Cromer mayor Hilary Thompson's hats.

A film was also made about the piano bashing event which took place as part of the Cromer Carnival in August.

Three of the pianos earmarked for bashing were saved and will now be placed around the two towns, in the lobby of Cromer Tourist Information Centre, under the Clock Tower in Sheringham and in the courtyard of The Lobster pub in Sheringham, during the COAST Festival for people to play, as part of another one of the festival events, Unusual Art in Unusual Places.

A DVD with a selection of the short films will also be made and sold in aid of local RNLI crews from around December time.

Because of the high number of entries, films are still being accepted.

To find out more about submitting a film, email the North Norfolk Film Forum at or visit

Films can be left for collection at either Upcher Partnership office, Sheringham or Merchants Place, Cromer.

To find about more about the COAST Festival, visit