A labour of love for its director, The First Film receives its TV debut this coming Sunday, March 5, on Film Four.
The First Film is the story of Louis Le Prince, the ex-pat Frenchman who invented moving pictures in Leeds, Yorkshire, in October 1888.
One of the key moments in the documentary is the recreation, 125 years to the day, of ‘Roundhay Garden Scene’, a brief sequence shot by Le Prince and widely regarded as the first film ever shot. I was privileged to be a part of it.
I wrote about Le Prince and his pioneering work in my 2008 book Made in Yorkshire, which is referenced in The First Film. A marvellous piece of detective work, it is a long overdue tribute to a remarkable man.