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Birt Acres (1854–1918)

One of the pioneers of the cinema, Birt Acres was responsible for the first British film (a record of the traditional Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race on 30 March 1895) using a camera he developed with Robert W. Paul. The collaboration started when Paul approached Acres (an established professional photographer) with a view to pooling their talents ... See full bio »


(age 64) in London, England, UK

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Rough Sea at Dover
Rough Sea at Dover Cinematographer
The Derby 1895
The Derby 1895 Cinematographer
Opening of the Kiel Canal
Opening of the Kiel Canal Cinematographer


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 1900 Naval Brigade Marching Through Windsor (Documentary short)
 1899 Boxing Match (Documentary short)
 1899 Charge of the 12th Lancers (Documentary short)
 1899 Cockade Fight by 15th Hussars (Documentary short)
 1899 Football Match (Documentary short)
 1899 S.S. New York Leaving Southampton (Documentary short)
 1898 Arrival of Lord Mayor at Law Courts (Documentary short)
 1898 Coaching in North Devon (Documentary short)
 1898 Football Match, Crystal Palace (Documentary short)
 1898 Launching of H.M.S. Albion (Documentary short)
 1898 Rifle Brigade at the Double (Documentary short)
 1898 Sheffield United v. Corinthians (Documentary short)
 1897 Approach of a Racing Train at Gatwick (Documentary short)
 1897 Band Marching Down Street (Documentary short)
 1897 Church Parade of Troops (Documentary short)
 1897 Clouds (Documentary short)
 1897 Gatwick: Paddock (Documentary short)
 1897 Promenade Scene (Documentary short)
 1897 Queen Victoria's Jubilee Procession (Documentary short)
 1897 Visit to the Northern Photographic Works (Documentary short)
 1896 A Corner of Barnet Fair (Documentary short)
 1896 A Prize Fight by Jem Mace and Burke (Documentary short)
 1896 Arrival After the Wedding (Documentary short)
 1896 A Visit to the Zoo (Documentary short)
 1896 Brighton Beach (Documentary short)
 1896 Capstone Parade, Ilfracombe (Documentary short)
 1896 Children Playing (Documentary short)
 1896 Cleaving the Turk's Head (Documentary short)
 1896 Cycling in Hyde Park (Documentary short)
 1896 Finsbury Park Station (Documentary short)
 1896 Going Away (Documentary short)
 1896 Great Northern Railroad (Documentary short)
 1896 H.R.H. the Prince of Wales (Documentary short)
 1896 Lancers on Horseback (Documentary short)
 1896 Land at Low Tide (Documentary short)
 1896 Maypole Dance (Documentary short)
 1896 Mounted Mule Battery (Documentary short)
 1896 Mounted Quadrille (Documentary short)
 1896 Scrambling Urchins (Documentary short)
 1896 South Western Railway at Dover (Documentary short)
 1896/I Street Scene (Documentary short)
 1896 Sword v. Bayonet (Documentary short)
 1896 Sword v. Sword (Documentary short)
 1896 The Carpenter Shop (Documentary short)
 1896/II The Derby (Documentary short)
 1896 The Garden Party on the Lawn (Documentary short)
 1896/III The Lord Mayor's Show (Documentary short)
 1896/I The Lord Mayor's Show (Documentary short)
 1896 Tower Bridge Working (Documentary short)
 1896 Trip from Barnstaple to Ilfracombe (Documentary short)
 1896 Yarmouth: Fishing Boats Leaving Harbour (Documentary short)
 1896 Yarmouth Sands (Documentary short)
 1896 Rough Sea at Dover (Documentary short)
 1895 Broadway, New York (Documentary short)
 1895 Charge of the Uhlans (Short)
 1895 Clovelly Cottage, Barnet (Documentary short)
 1895 Elevated Railway in the Streets of New York (Documentary short)
 1895 German Emperor at Hamburg (Documentary short)
 1895 Highgate Tunnel: Goods Train (Documentary short)
 1895 Kaiser-Parade auf dem Tempelhofer Felde (Documentary short)
 1895 Krieger-Parade (Documentary short)
 1895 Niagara Falls: Close to the Waterfall (Documentary short)
 1895 Niagara Falls: The Great Whirlpool (Documentary short)
 1895 Niagara Falls in Winter: The Waterfall (Documentary short)
 1895 Opening of the Kiel Canal (Short)
 1895 Smith and Machinery at Work (Documentary short)
 1895 Steamer 'New York' in Dock (Documentary short)
 1895 Steamer on Long Island Sound (Documentary short)
 1895 Steam Yacht at the Canal Entrance (Documentary short)
 1895 Street Scene in Winter in Montreal, Canada (Documentary short)
 1895 Suvier Entering the Baltic Canal, Hamburg (Documentary short)
 1895 The Derby 1895 (Documentary short)
 1895 Venice: The Rialto Bridge (Documentary short)
 1894 Crows on Saffron Hill (Documentary short)
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Claimed to be the first producer of cinema films in Britain. Later a projector manufacturer. See more »

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