The Last Projectionist charts the amazing history of UK independent cinema, taking a tour a some of the most magical picture houses in the world. The story centres on The Electric in Birmingham, the oldest working cinema in Britain. From its silent beginnings in 1909; to a news and cartoon cinema during WWII; a porn cinema in the 70s & 80s; then saved from demolition and restored to its art deco glory in 2004. This fascinating, and as yet untold story, is brought to life by former staff, industry experts and customers, one of whom recounts her first visit in 1917. Accompanied by unseen archive and beautifully shot in HD, the film goes on to explore the rapid advance of digital cinema and the likely demise of 35mm film. Is this really The Last Projectionist?
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Behind the scenes, Documentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Thomas Lawes' nostalgic documentary celebrates independent cinema tradition, showing how its renaissance is now a worldwide phenomenon. Lawes interviews former staff, industry experts and customers, including proud projectionist John Brockington, who has been a stalwart of Birmingham's projection boxes since 1955. Old picture palaces all over the UK are facing extinction, and THE LAST PROJECTIONIST focuses on Birmingham's Electric, the oldest working cinema in Britain, which saw out the silents over a hundred years ago, had a stint as a wartime news outlet during WWII and spent the 70s and 80s catering to connoisseurs of adult film. These venerable vintage cinemas offer contemporary film lovers an old school alternative to the mainstream, but does the switch from 35mm to digital mark the end of an era for projectionists? ...The Last Projectionist