Wednesday, September 15

1910-2010 100th birthday celebration, Duke of York Picturehouse

Sorry for the lack of posts this week. I've just starting working at Screen Archive South East, and I'm currently commuting about two and a half hours each way while I sort out a room in Brighton. I'm shattered! Hopefully I'll be moving in somewhere this weekend, and then normal posting will resume.

In the mean time, here's details of a centenary celebration at the Duke of York Picturehouse in Brighton. There's going to be a selection of films from 1910 shown, with live accompaniment, all from the archive that I work at. I've seen them and they're amazing, and I'll be heading along as long as I'm settled okay and not in Surrey anymore.

Oh, and it's FREE. Free!


What was it like to see a film show at the Duke of York’s in 1910? This special programme brings together a selection of English films made around 1910. Local newsreels of Brighton include an air-race from Hendon to the Brighton seafront with bi-planes over the West Pier, a Temperance March on Marine Parade and bowling on the Hove Lawns. The Tilly Girl series of comedy films made by Cecil Hepworth from 1910 to 1915 made the teenage actors Alma and Chrissie White the nation’s first film stars. Here we see them making fun of the local fire brigade. The world’s first viable 35mm colour film system was devised in Hove by George Albert Smith and launched around the world in 1910. Very few Kinemacolour films have survived but we have found a number of fascinating test films which reveal the wonder of Smith’s invention.With live piano accompaniment performed by John Sweeney. PLUS an exclusive showreel featuring scenes from the new version of BRIGHTON ROCK starring Helen Mirren and Sam Riley, a unique chance to catch a sneak preview ahead of the film’s release next year.

Seats are FREE but do reserve in advance to save disappointment. Period dress for the occasion is welcomed.

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