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Exhibition: Animatograph! How cinema was born in Haringey / London: from 6 April

Bruce Castle Museum presents an exhibition dedicated to British film pioneer Robert W. Paul, who founded an innovative studio on Muswell Hill in the late 19th century. Celebrating Paul's 150th anniversary, the show includes fascinating early cinema technology, historical photographs and a look into Paul's early popular films, many of which were made in Haringey and which set the template for the earliest film genres.

Haringey residents will be surprised to know that Paul’s company even recreated scenes from the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) on the Muswell golf course, in the North London district where he would create an innovative studio and produce close to 800 pictures.

Paul’s cameras aimed to show the world: the roaring sea at Dover, the mysterious landscapes of Portugal and Spain, and the first screen drama made in Britain ('The Soldier’s Courtship', 1896) were only a few of the influential moving picture shows he produced.

The exhibition is curated by Ian Christie, noted Birkbeck, University of London film scholar and broadcaster, and will travel to other venues later in the year. As part of the exhibition, visitors will also find the graphic novel Time Traveller: Robert Paul and the Invention of Cinema, by Christie and the artists ILYA.

Animatograph! How cinema was born in Haringey
5 April - late July 2019 / Wednesday to Sunday, 1pm to 5pm
Price details: Free
Venue: Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Lane, Tottenham, N17 8NU

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