Film was invented in Leeds.
A bold statement, but could it be true? Following on from our recent post about Alice Guy-Blaché, a largely forgotten about film pioneering woman, another documentary is being made about a gentleman called Louis Le Prince who is believed to be the first person to record and project a continuous piece of moving film in 1888. In 1890 though, he disappears and leaves no trace in the history books. This film is about uncovering the truth behind Le Prince. Below is the official text from The First Film’s Facebook page.
In October 1888 Louis Le Prince produced the world’s first films in Leeds, England. These were shot on cameras patented in both America and the UK. Once he had perfected his projection machine Le Prince arranged to demonstrate his discovery to the American public and thus the world.
On 16th September 1890, just days before he was due to sail to New York Louis Augustine Aime Le Prince stepped onto the Dijon to Paris train and was never seen again. No body was ever found so legally no one could fight the Le Prince claim that he invented a camera that recorded the very first moving image. As a result, several years later, Thomas Edison and the Lumiere Brothers were to claim to the glory and the prize of being acknowledged as the first people to pioneer film. Louis Le Prince was never added to history books. But for one lone voice, who worked with him, Le Prince’s name and his pioneering work was forgotten.
THE FIRST FILM is David Nicholas Wilkinson’s decades long quest to prove to the world that a Frenchman Louis Le Prince made the first films in 1888 and that the birthplace of motion pictures was not America nor France but in fact the city of Leeds in the county of Yorkshire, England.
The production started filming in April 2013 in the 125th anniversary year of this great event in world cinema.