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Peter Domankiewicz and Christopher Frayling

For much of the twentieth-century, the contribution of William Friese-Greene to cinema was disputed. Having famously died at a meeting of cinema exhibitors with only the price of a cinema ticket in his pocket, cinemas around the country shut down their projectors to mark his funeral. The film The Magic Box – made for the […]

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Peter Domankiewicz

This year we’re celebrating Friese-Greene and cinema, past, present and future in our Film2021 programme. In this interview, Peter Domankiewicz – who has done more than anyone to look into and discover anew the impact and legacy of Friese-Greene – talks about early cinema, Friese-Greene and photography and Friese-Greene’s inventions for capturing movement on film. […]

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Friese-Greene and Bristol's Ghost Cinemas

...Friese-Greene’s First Movie Camera Peter Domankiewicz Film2021 Tue 19 Oct 2021 Friese-Greene: Protofeminist? (Part 2) Peter Domankiewicz Film2021 Tue 7 Sep 2021 Friese-Greene: Protofeminist? (Part 1) Peter Domankiewicz Film2021 Tue...

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The Magic Box (U, 1951)

The story of Bristol-born film pioneer William Friese-Greene is told in The Magic Box, which was made for the Festival of Britain 70 years ago to celebrate British ingenuity. Based on Ray Allister’s book, Friese-Greene, Close-Up of an Inventor, the film offers fascinating insights into the pursuit of a dream – in this case to […]

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William Friese-Greene and Bristol Cinemas

The tour begins on Queen’s Road by the site of one of William Friese-Greene’s early photographic studios (which is adjacent to the Victoria Rooms, once home of the Clifton Cinema) and ends in Broadmead with the story of the now demolished Tivoli, where the first public screening of motion pictures in Bristol took place in […]

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William Friese-Greene and Bristol Cinemas

The tour begins on Queen’s Road by the site of one of William Friese-Greene’s early photographic studios (which is adjacent to the Victoria Rooms, once home of the Clifton Cinema) and ends in Broadmead with the story of the now demolished Tivoli, where the first public screening of motion pictures in Bristol took place in […]

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Friese-Greene: Protofeminist? (Part 1)

He was visiting the Bath Photographic Society, which he had helped to found and to which he made it his custom to present his latest discoveries. Today’s was a bit of a stunner. It was well-known that he had been working on a moving picture camera with the help of Mortimer Evans, but this was […]

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Friese-Greene: Protofeminist? (Part 2)

In 1874, at sweet eighteen, William Edward (‘Willie’) Green of Bristol married Mariana Helena (‘Lena’) Friese – a Swiss-German woman, five years his senior. Willie was currently apprenticed to the photographer Marcus Guttenberg in a swanky address at 17 Royal Promenade, but two doors down was another photographer, Daniel Josty, who was Helena’s half-brother and […]

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And… Action! Friese-Greene’s First Movie Camera

In fact, in 1887, just six years before the first commercially produced motion pictures would be shot by Edison’s team, none of that was clear at all. For a start, people didn’t photograph on film, they used glass. Some stiff, transparent sheets of materials were being experimented with as a substitute, but were not widely […]

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William Friese-Greene and Me

In the early 1990s, I had been living in Bristol for several years, getting ever more involved in film and video-making, when I stopped to read a plaque I’d often walked past. It was by a doorway, opposite Maggs department store on Queen’s Road, and it said: ON THIS SITE W. FRIESE-GREENE THE INVENTOR OF […]

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Potential of Film and Cinema in Cities?

Cinemas and cities are inextricably linked. Not only did the cinema start and evolve in cities but cinema and film remain an integral part of city life, living, leisure and learning. Bristol is a city where cinema remains particularly prominent. It has an important history of film making (this year Bristol is marking the centenary […]

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Potential of Film and Cinema in Cities?

This report provides a summary of what was discussed on the day. The event was hosted by Andrew Kelly, Director of Bristol Ideas. In addition to the presentations and panels, five of the contributors to the book Opening Up the Magic Box read extracts from their essays (Edson Burton, Malaika Kegode, Stephen Lightbown, Mani Kidston, […]

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