The First Film – World Premiere

The First FilmDir. David Wilkinson 2015 110 mins GB (PG)
David Wilkinson, Ronald Harwood, Tom Courtenay








On a building in Leeds a blue plaque reads as follows:

“Louis Aimé August (sic) Le Prince came to Leeds in 1866 where he experimented in cinematography. In 1888 he patented a one-lens camera with which he filmed Leeds Bridge from this British Waterways building. These were probably the world’s first successful moving pictures”

Director David Wilkinson has spent more than 30 years on a quest to prove that the first moving pictures were filmed by Louis Le Prince in Leeds in 1888. This documentary follows him on his journey, with fellow investigator, writer and producer Irfan Shah, as they talk to film experts and historians in an attempt to uncover the truth and hopefully have the word ‘probably’ removed from the blue plaque.

The First Film has its World Premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival on 23 June, followed by a Gala Premiere at Hyde Park Picture House, Leeds on 1 July before further screenings across the UK.

For further details visit the film website.




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