The First Film (2015) with director Q&A

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Was the film industry born in Yorkshire? That’s the question asked by David Wilkinson in this enthralling documentary into the origins of cinema, the fruit of a decades-long quest to prove to the world that the birthplace of motion pictures was not America or France but rather, Leeds; and the first true filmmaker the enigmatic Louis Le Prince.

Wilkinson investigates his career, his projection machine and mysterious demise: in 1890, shortly before he was due to travel to America and demonstrate his discovery, he boarded a train from Dijon to Paris: and was never seen again.

Stay after the film for a director Q&A session.

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