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Leeds born filmmaker David Nicholas Wilkinson's thirty three year quest to prove that the worlds film industry started in Leeds, Yorkshire, England in 1888. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Bernard Atha ... Himself

Stephane Cornicard ... Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince (voice)

Tom Courtenay ... Himself
Nigel Cross ... Himself
Quentin Dowse ... Himself
Ben Eagle ... Adolphe Le Prince (voice)
Tony Earnshaw ... Himself

Joe Eszterhas ... Himself
Aurelie Freoua ... Herself
Paul Goodman ... Himself
Louise A. Handley ... Herself
Michael Harvey ... Himself - Historian

Ronald Harwood ... Himself
Stephen Herbert ... Himself - Historian

Sarah Lancashire ... Lizze Le Prince (voice)
Daniel Martin ... Himself - Historian
Mick McCann ... Himself - Historian
Beatrice Neumann ... Herself
Tony North ... Himself

Andreea Paduraru ... Annie Hartley
Jacques Pfend ... Himself - Historian
Tony Pierce-Roberts ... Himself

Gavin Poolman ... Himself
Mark Rance ... Himself - Historian
Katharine Round ... Herself
Liz Rymer ... Herself
Irfan Shah ... Himself
Laurie Snyder ... Herself
Gordon Trewinnard ... Himself
Carol s Ward ... Herself - Historian

David Wilkinson ... Himself
Adrian Wootton ... Himself

Directed by
David Wilkinson 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Irfan Shah 
David Wilkinson 

Produced by
Doug Abbott .... executive producer
Chris Jones .... co-producer
Bill Lawrence .... co-producer
Martin Myers .... associate producer
Sidonie Roberts .... co-producer
Irfan Shah .... co-producer
David Wilkinson .... producer
Robert Worcester .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christopher Barnett 
Cinematography by
John Adderley 
Liam Ayres 
David Beaumont 
Jean Birckel 
Giumis Carrino 
Chris Fahy 
Steve McAleavy 
Don McVey 
Nathan Page 
Film Editing by
David Hughes 
Makeup Department
David Sturgeon .... hair and beard stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Aitken .... first assistant director
Spencer Burke .... second assistant director
Don McVey .... second unit director
Tamsyn O'Connor .... first assistant director
Sound Department
Andy Black .... sound
Tudor Davies .... re-recording mixer
Brian Gray .... sound recordist
Paddy Hanlon .... sound recordist
Johan Maertens .... sound recordist
Ryan Jay Tweedie .... sound recordist (as Ryan Jay)
Visual Effects by
David Palser .... digital effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Mark Davis .... stills photographer
Jake Harvey .... assistant camera
Irene Marco .... assistant camera
Jamie Tongue .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Paula Hughes .... Editing assistant
Music Department
Ian East .... flute
Catherine Houghton .... violin
Alric Wilson .... music assistant
Other crew
Oksana Belousova .... production assistant
Alison Butters .... assistant to producer
Jordan Carroll .... production assistant (as Jordon Carroll)
Emilie Erskine .... publicist: U.S.
Aurelie Freoua .... production coordinator: France
Alev Gunes .... production assistant
Tamsyn O'Connor .... production coordinator
Evelynne Ralph-Larner .... production coordinator
Lisa Richards .... press relations
Oliver Roberts .... production assistant
Elias Savada .... American photographic researcher
Alex Stolz .... Distribution Strategist
Lydia Watson-Lewis .... production assistant
Sarah Barton .... special thanks
Laurence Boyce .... thanks
Andy Bull .... special thanks
Wendy Cook .... special thanks
Jeff Cousins .... thanks
Mark Currie .... special thanks
Harriet Fleuriot .... thanks
Andrew Fryer .... special thanks
Peter Fydler .... thanks
Jane Giles .... thanks
Andrew Gill .... special thanks
Ian Grey .... special thanks
Zoe Guilford .... thanks
Matt Harlock .... thanks
Chris Hatton .... special thanks
Sonja Henrici .... thanks
Hugo Heppell .... thanks
Chris Horley .... thanks
Tracie Johnson .... thanks
David Keyte .... special thanks
Danny Lacey .... special thanks
Craig Lawson .... thanks
Keith Loudon .... special thanks
Rebecca Marshall .... special thanks
Ion Martea .... special thanks
Massimo Moretti .... special thanks
Amanda Nevill .... thanks
Gary Peacock .... special thanks
Charles Philips .... special thanks
Simon Popple .... thanks
Stephanie Porritt .... special thanks
Jonathan Priestley .... special thanks
Jo Quinton-Tulloch .... special thanks
Bingham Ray .... in memory of
Amy Roberts .... special thanks
Jasime Rodgers .... special thanks
Jerry Rothwell .... thanks
Maggie Silver .... special thanks
Mark Sloper .... thanks
Colin Vaines .... thanks
Martin Waller .... special thanks
Tim Waters .... special thanks
Tony Wilkinson .... in memory of
David Wilson .... special thanks
Andy Wooding .... thanks
Lucinda Yeadon .... thanks

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106 min

Did You Know?

Due to budgetary constraints are further discovering of fact the film was made over an almost three year period. Pre-production began in October 2012 and the film was finally delivered in May 2015. It opened in UK cinemas in July 2015.

If Louis Le Prince had lived he was due to show his films to the world, not in London or New York but at the Morris-Jumel Mansions in New York, George Washington's old headquarters. This would then have become the world's first movie theatre.

The films were finally screened at the Mansion in September 2016 included in THE FIRST FILM as part of an historic screening, squaring the circle, 126 years late. The New York Times recommended this unique event as a "must see" for two weeks running.See more »


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Fascinating research about the invention of film making, different from common knowledge, 7 July 2016
Author: JvH48 from Amersfoort, The Netherlands

Saw this at the Ghent film festival 2015. It shows interesting research and it is certainly thought provoking. Nevertheless, we know of more examples where several inventors claim to be the real and only one, e.g. printing claimed by Gutenberg (Germany) as well as Coaster (Netherlands) and Martens (Belgium). Moreover, when does an inventor believe that his product is perfect enough to show the public? Trying to be too perfect may let him miss the chance to be the first, even when his model proves to be the better one after all. Also, we know that some inventions were frowned upon by authorities and hence suppressed, or became the victim of saboteurs. All such considerations count. A fact of life is that most inventions are just a child of their time, hence it is no miracle that some seem to go public nearly simultaneously.

Anyway, just as the filmmaker (present before and after the screening) stated: This is a hard sell. Just to stand up against "everyone knows (…)", and the feeling that history lessons, the library and WikiPedia cannot all be wrong. So why bother. His film is a mixed collection of evidence, some convincing some just circumstantial, all of that adding up to his conviction. It is interesting to watch, while pondering by myself which other well-known inventions are wrongly attributed. Regretfully, I cannot imagine that some film distributor considers the matter worthwhile enough for a world wide release, yet the way the evidence is presented and the film maker's enthusiasm deserves more attention than I expect it to receive.

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