Pioneer film-makers George Albert Smith and Laura Bayley lived and worked at St Ann’s Well Gardens in Hove. From 1897 to 1903 they established their film studio and film processing works in the Garden and made some of the most important films in the early history of cinema. They introduced the concept of the edited film (combining different shots together to create a sequence) and learned how to make very effective film comedies. Laura, Britain’s first film star, featured in most of the films especially Let Me Dream Again (1900) and Mary Jane’s Mishap (1903).
Screening in the Garden Cafe 6-8pm October 15th, St Ann’s Well Gardens, Somerhill Road, Hove, BN3 1RP. Telephone 01273 735187. Escorts will be provided to and from the gates.