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The Man Who Invented British Cinema

Robert Paul: The Man Who Invented British Cinema

With Antonia Quirke.

Chemical engineer Robert Paul was an unlikely film pioneer. But after a chance encounter in his chemist's shop, he went on to invent revolutionary movie cameras and projectors, as well as direct Britain's first fiction film, and a war movie filmed on Muswell Hill golf course. And now he has an exhibition in his honour. Antonia visits the National Museum Of Science And Media in Bradford and has a whirlwind tour in the company of curators Toni Booth and Ian Christie.

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28 minutes

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Sun 12 Jan 2020 23:00

Robert Paul

Main image:
Drawing of Robert Paul by ILYA

The image is based on the graphic novel by Ian Christie and ILYA
Time Traveller: Robert Paul and the Invention of Cinema, 
which accompanies the exhibition at National Science and Media Museum in Bradford.

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