The First Film

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David Wilkinson spends 33 years trying to prove the world's film industry started in Leeds, England, in 1888.

Cast & Crew

Ben Eagle
Himself
Aurélie Freoua
Herself
Nigel Cross
Himself
Irfan Shah
Screenwriter
David Wilkinson
Screenwriter
Doug Abbott
Executive Producer
Robert Worcester
Executive Producer
Chris Jones
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Sidonie Roberts
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Critic Reviews for The First Film

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  • The doc isn't especially cinematic but you can't help but admire the dogged passion with which Wilkinson has pursued his subject.

    September 7, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Despite a crippling lack of solid information and a fair amount of speculation, the documentary mounts a solid case for Le Prince, an inventor and artist, to be recognised as the true father of film.

    July 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • Williamson makes a clear case that Le Prince was a prototypical film artist, and a genuine pioneer.

    July 2, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • It's a noble quest, and I applaud Wilkinson for taking it on.

    March 30, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Despite diligent research and expert help, the excitable presenter readily gives in to mythmaking, especially when conjecturing on Le Princes uncertain end.

    May 3, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A personal 30-year quest by filmmaker Wilkinson to get to the bottom of an astonishing omission from film history, this documentary plays out like an urgent mystery.

    September 7, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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