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  • Alan Cassley
    Hi everyone Just received this info from list ENG-LAN-MIDDLETON on rootsweb and thought it may be of interest. I haven t seen any references to the films yet.
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 18, 2005
      Hi everyone
      Just received this info from list ENG-LAN-MIDDLETON on rootsweb and thought it may be of interest. I haven't seen any references to the films yet.
      Alan Cassley
       
       
      For Listers overseas: watch out for a set of 4 BBC TV programmes which will probably be sold on to Canada, Australia and New Zealand called "The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon." M. & K. were based in Blackburn and were among the first generation of film makers in pre cinema days. Between 1900 and 1910 they made 800 short local films of people streaming out of mill gates etc which were then shown in those localities in fairground tents as "See yourselves as others see you." These films survived forgotten in barrels in the basement of their studio in Blackburn until it was demolished in 1994 and have taken up until now to be restored. Partly because they were the original negatives, the quality is fantastic, and they're played back at the right speed too, so the movements look natural. The first programme has just come out in the UK and it was a revelation. Ordinary people (as opposed to previous Edwardian era films of Edward VII trundling down the Mall) bursting with life.!
        Every
       adult wearing a hat or head covering, nearly every man with a moustache...
       
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