Cinema Innovators

Cinema Innovators

Cinema Rediscovered 2019

Season

Please note: this season finished in July 2019

It is all too easy to view the early days of the film as somehow primitive, unsophisticated and naive. However, nothing could be further from the truth.

Those early days saw an explosion of experimentation and innovation with the new technology of moving image being put through its paces by pioneering and creative explorers of this new form of art (maybe), storytelling (possibly) and wonder (definitely).

Explore the works of lesser known trailblazers and some of the youthful, adventurous, tech-savvy heroes of British film in this series of conversations and film screenings.


Previous screenings & events in this season

Victorian Film Inventor: Friese-Greene Cinema Innovators

Victorian Film Inventor: Friese-Green
Please note: This event took place in July 2019
Talk
How on earth did Willie Green, a working-class kid from Bristol, become William Friese-Greene, the first person to present a movie camera to the world?

Robert Who? Rediscovering Britain's Forgotten Film Pioneer Cinema Innovators

Robert Who? Rediscovering Britain's Forgotten Film Pioneer
Please note: This event took place in July 2019
Talk
Join Professor Ian Christie for an illustrated talk on early film pioneer Robert Paul, who co-created the first movie camera in Britain and built England's first film studio, amongst many other things!

Alice Guy-Blaché Screening  PG   Cinema Innovators

Alice Guy-Blaché  Screening
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
A selection of films by Alice Guy-Blaché, one of the first filmmakers to direct a narrative fiction film, and the first known woman filmmaker.

A Lost World Made New: Victorian Cinema in VR Cinema Innovators

A Lost World Made New: Victorian Cinema in VR
Please note: This event took place in July 2019
Talk
BFI National Film Archive collaborate with Bristol-based company BDH to represent Victorian filmmakers' early experiments via Virtual Reality.

Muriel Box: Simon & Laura  PG   Cinema Innovators

Muriel Box: Simon & Laura
Please note: This was screened in July 2019
Film
Muriel Box's critically acclaimed 1955 film anticipated reality television by half a century, and spoofed the BBC with tongue-in-cheek humour.