7 June 2022 • Brighton, UK

Exploring early film in Hove, with Dr Frank Gray, Screen Archive South East

George Albert-Smith & Laura Bailey, Two Clowns, 1906 (courtesy of Screen Archive South East)

Exploring early film in Hove, with Dr Frank Gray, Screen Archive South East

Free screening and talk by Dr Frank Gray (director, Screen Archive South East) at Hangleton & Knoll Project, St Richard’s Church, Egmont Rd, Hove BN3 7FP.

Time and date: 11am, 7 June 2022.

To book a place, email Katie Merrien: katie.merrien@hkproject.org.uk

At the start of the 20th Century, Hove was an important centre for a new technology – the cinematograph. G.A. Smith and his wife Laura Bayley are at the heart of this history. Together they made films at St Ann’s Well Gardens in Hove from 1897 to 1903. Their films began as one minute unedited scenes and then they taught themselves how to combine shots and create film sequences. Dr Frank Gray’s talk will introduce these first film-makers and their films and consider why Hove was so well suited to become a movie capital.

Frank Gray runs Screen Archive South East at the University of Brighton. The archive collects, preserves and shares films made in Brighton & Hove and the South East. Visit the archive’s website to see the collection and contact it if you have a film that you think should be saved for the future.

This project is part of Days of Wonder, curated and produced by videoclub and Corridor, delivered in partnership with Royal Pavilion & Museums Trust and Screen Archive South East. Supported by Arts Council England, National Lottery Heritage Fund, Film Hub South East and The Arts Society, East Sussex.