Detail

Title ID 8437Collection ID1196
TitleThe Derby
Date[1896?]
CollectionEarly Films
Genre/TypeProfessionalNon-fiction
ThemeEarly film in the South East
KeywordsAnimals Racing
Location
LocalEpsom
RegionalSurrey
NationalEngland United Kingdom
Credits
ProductionPaul's Animatograph Works
CameraRobert W. Paul
DirectorBirt Acres
FormatBlack & White Silent
Duration00:01:11:10
Copyright & AccessCopyright restrictions apply, contact Screen Archive South East for details

Summary

The Epsom Derby shot from the crowd by Brit Acres for Robert Paul.

Description

The Epsom Derby horses race past. The main stand can be seen behind. The footage is shot from an elevated position in the crowd. People run out onto the track when the horses and jockeys have passed, filling the area.

Contextual information

Brit Acres began working for Robert Paul in 1894, who had begun to reproduce Edison's Kinetoscope in Britain. Together they built a cine camera and produced films until 1895 for Paul's peep show kinetoscopes. The Derby was Paul and Acres last film together. Acres turned to the production of his Kineoptikon projector before developing celluloid film through his Northern Photographic Works.

Related resources

Books

Barnes, John. The Beginnings of the Cinema in England 1894-1901. Five Volumes, n.p. University of Exeter Press

Date: 1996-1998 John Barnes’s archaeological study of early cinema charts its development between 1894 and 1901. Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography with his brother William in the 1960s. The collection provided primary material for Barnes’s study of early cinema.

Low, Rachael. The History of the British Film 1896-1906. n.p. London: George Allen & Unwin

Date: 1948

Rossell, Deac. Living Pictures: The Origins of the Movies. n.p. Albany: State University of New York Press

Date: 1998

Barnouw, Erik. The Magician and the Cinema. n.p. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press

Date: 1981 Investigation of the influence of magic on early film.

Gifford, Denis. British Animated Films. n.p. Jefferson/London: McFarland

Date: 1987

Collections

The Barnes Collection

Location: Hove Museum and Art Gallery Twins John and William Barnes founded the Barnes Museum of Cinematography in the 1960s. After the closure, the early part of the collection moved to Hove. The collection includes cameras, projectors and material relating to the Brighton School of film pioneers.
http://brightonmuseums.org.uk/discover/2015/02/26/the-barnes-brothers-collection/

Films

Location: BFI National Archive, British Film Institute, London Holds films made by Robert Paul.

Further Information on File at Screen Archive South East

BFI National Archive copies kept on file SASE 950000.

Websites

Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema: Robert Paul

Biographical overview and further reading.
http://www.victorian-cinema.net/paul.htm

Who’s Who of Victorian Cinema: Brit Acres

Biographical overview and further reading.
http://www.victorian-cinema.net/acres.htm

BFI Screenonline: Robert Paul

Biographical overview and film synopses.
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/449512/

BFI Screenonline: Brit Acres

Biographical overview and film synopses.
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/449777/index.html

BFI Screenonline: Walter Booth

Biographical overview and film synopses.
http://www.screenonline.org.uk/people/id/837323/index.html