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The Films of Mitchell and Kenyon
Probably the most exciting film discovery of recent times, the films of Mitchell and Kenyon were commissioned by travelling exhibitors at the dawn of the twentieth century for screening in town halls, at village fêtes or local fairs. Advertised as 'local films for local people', the audience paid to see their neighbours, children, family and themselves on the screen, glimpsed at local football matches, leaving work, marching in civic processions or enjoying the annual works holidays.
The hugely successful BBC TV series The Lost World of Mitchell and Kenyon (also out on BFI Video) introduced audiences to these miraculous views of the past. For the first time there is now the opportunity to explore the Collection in greater depth.
The material on this DVD is taken from 28 hours of footage of scenes of everyday life and represents a cross-section of the subjects covered in the Collection. From factory gates to football matches, the leaving of Liverpool to the leaving of work, the workers on holiday and at play, this material provides an unparalleled opportunity to see the world through the eyes of the working communities of the time. The films of Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon take us on a tour of everyday life in Edwardian Britain.
This DVD features 35 items in five sections: Youth and Education, The Anglo-Boer War, Workers, High Days and Holidays, People and Places as well as five additional 'hidden' items. It also includes a specially commissioned score by Sheffield-based duo In The Nursery.
UK | 1900 -1906 | black & white | silent with music | 85 minutes + 43 minutes extra material | optional hard-of-hearing subtitles throughout | Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 0 PAL DVD
We have to thank the individuals who found and saved these films for the nation and the BFI for undertaking such a dedicated and painstaking restoration of the clips featured... Read morePublished 1 month ago by HAYLING BOOK & MUSIC VENUE (follow us on Facebook)
I have a rather over endowed collection of old film footage of all genre's and, this adds splendidly to it. Well transferred to disc, quality as usual from the BFI again. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Inquisio
A further selection of footage from an era that has passed beyond living memory - this archive from the turn of the previous century has much to recommend it.Published 18 months ago by JIM OF LEWISHAM
Hugely entertaining film of life long past. Sobering to think that all those going about their daily lives are now ALL, hopefully, resting in peace. A well worth while buy.Published 24 months ago by G. Speck
I had heard about these films and bought the DVD as I am researching my family.The photography is clear and smooth running . Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2013 by KAF