Britain’s First Production

Incident at Clovelly Cottage

R.W. Paul/Birt Acres, Great Britain, 1895

Shot in February 1895, this footage seems to represent what a very early British book on moving pictures calls it: “The first kinetoscope film made in England.” It features a mutual friend of the filmmakers in his cricket uniform and, as shown here, Acres’ wife with their infant son in a stroller. Paul said later that he perforated the filmstrip with “a set of [hand] punches,” but the precision with which they’re made suggests that his memory is faulty. An extant perforator dating from 1896 is probably a modified version of an earlier model used to produce this filmstrip.

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