Cinecity 15th Brighton Film Festival

10 - 26 November

In Search of Colour : Kinemacolor

18 Nov 2:00 pm: In Search of Colour: Kinemacolor

Director: Prod: Charles Urban and Luca Comerio

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This unique programme of newly digitised versions of films from the early 20th century recovers a lost world of colour film. The colour system used was called Kinemacolor and it was invented by George Albert Smith in Hove and Southwick circa 1903. His aim was to reproduce, ‘by means of photography moving scenes in their natural colour.’ Without colour film being available, he created a pseudo-colour using a revolving two-colour filter wheel within the camera and the projector. The Kinemacolor system was launched in 1908 and proved to be very popular for a number of years with hundreds of fiction and non-fiction films made, including the King and Queen’s visit to India in 1911.

The Cineteca di Bologna holds the largest single collection of Kinemacolor films and this programme features thirteen digitally restored titles from original black and white nitrate positives. These films begin in Sussex and continue to Exmoor, Italy, the Reedham Orphanage in Surrey, an English chicken farm, Egypt & the Sudan, the Royal Pageant in India, Libya and St. Mark’s Square in Venice. 

Curated by the Cineteca di Bologna with a recorded score music composed by Daniele Furlati. Introduced by Frank Gray of Screen Archive South East, University of Brighton.

Produced in: UK, Italy 1908-1912

Running time: 90 mins


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