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BFI TV app reveals footage from earliest days of film

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Including unique content from film pioneers Mitchell and Kenyon, the footage will be available only on an app for certain Samsung internet-connected televisions.

Over seven web channels, the highlights will include a section called Treasures from the Archive, taken from the UK’s National Collection on film, curated by the experts at the BFI National Archive. It will include an Audrey Hepburn screen test and footage by Mitchell and Kenyon from as early as 1901.

The films give viewers a snapshot of British Edwardian life from holiday makers strolling along Blackpool’s Victoria Pier in 1904 to a 1901 Punch and Judy show in Halifax.

It also includes fairground rides, including Greens Racing Bantams at Preston Whit Fair in 1906, crowds enjoying an early theme park in Trip to Sunny Vale Gardens at Hipperholme (1901) and an array of processions, parades and carnivals featuring floats, marching bands and beauty queens in Leeds’ Armley & Wortley Carnival and Hunslet Carnival and Gala, both from 1904.

Read the full story – BFI TV app reveals unseen footage from earliest days of film – Telegraph.

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