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Magic Lantern to Movie


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Certificate:    N/A
Running Time:  105 minutes (including 15 minute intermission)

There will be an interval in this showing where refreshments will be available.

Plot Outline:   

For over 350 years the projected image has been used to entertain, instruct and persuade and in this unique event Richard Rigby and David Cleveland will trace the history of moving images from early magic lanterns to the first 10 years of film.

On this one night Richard will give us a taste of the remarkable effects that could be created when the magic lantern was the foremost entertainment available, presented in an authentic Victorian style, down to the clothing worn.

After a short interval David Cleveland will take the floor to present some unique surviving footage of the earliest movie films including a 12 minute blockbuster. 

Richard Rigby is a Cinema at Newmarket volunteer and is also Assistant Secretary of The Magic Lantern Society.  He presents magic lantern shows throughout the country.

David Cleveland has been connected with film all his life. He had cine projectors at home in his teens, worked as a cinema projectionist for five years, and then was lucky enough to get into BBC Television in 1964 where he was trained at Ealing Television Film Studios. 

He made films for BBC Children’s programmes from 1968 to 1981, and founded the East Anglian Film Archive in 1976 which he continued to run until his retirement in 2004. He then went back to the University of East Anglia to continue teaching part time on the MA in Film and Television Archiving course until 2008. He now does freelance presentations of silent films, assesses film collections, writes books, and is a consultant for Film London.