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Electric Edwardians: The Films Of Mitchell And Kenyon

Released on 04 July 2005

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Probably the most exciting film discovery of recent times, the films of Mitchell & Kenyon were commissioned by travelling exhibitors at the dawn of the twentieth century for screening in town halls, at village fetes or local fairs. Advertised as 'local films for local people,', the audience paid to see their neighbours, children, family and themselves on the screen, glimpsed at local football matches, leaving work, marching in civic processions or enjoying the annual works holidays.

The hugely successful BBC TV series The Lost World of Mitchell & Kenyon introduced audiences to these miraculous views of the past. For the first time there is now the opportunity to explore the Collection in greater depth.

The material on this DVD is taken from 28 hours of footage of scenes of everyday life and represents a cross-section of the subjects covered in the Collection. From factory gates to football matches, the leaving of Liverpool to the leaving of work, the workers on holiday and at play, this material provides an unparalleled opportunity to see the world through the eyes of the working communities of the time. The films of Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon take us on a tour of everyday life in Edwardian Britain.

This DVD features 35 items in five sections: Youth and Education, The Anglo-Boer War, Workers, High Days and Holidays, People and Places, as well as five additional 'hidden' items. It also includes a specially commissioned score by the Sheffield-based duo In The Nursery.
  • Optional voiceover commentary by Dr Vanessa Toulmin of the National Fairground Archive
    Filmed interview with Vanessa Toulmin
    Voiceover introduction written by distinguished film historian Tom Gunning and read by actor Paul McGann
    'Featurette' on the restoration work by the bfi National Film and Television Archive
    Fully illustrated booklet providing further information on the programme (written by Vanessa Toulmin)

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CertificateE - Exempt
Year2005
ScreenAspect Ratio 1.33:1
LanguagesEnglish - Stereo
RegionRegion 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.