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Timeline of British Film
 
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1900

17 May

Town of Mafeking relieved by British forces, the most important symbolic event of the Boer War.

17 November

Premiere of Attack on a China Mission (d. James Williamson), believed to be the first British film consisting of more than two shots. Though ostensibly set in China, it was actually shot in Williamson's home town of Hove, where the premiere was also held.

 

Bamforth and Co., Holmfirth, Yorkshire, manufacturers of lantern slides and picture postcards, begins film production.

 

Sheffield Photo Company (Frank Mottershaw) begins film production.

 

Grandma's Reading Glass (d. G.A. Smith)

1901

22 January

Death of Queen Victoria, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, having ascended the throne in 1837

 

Cricks and Sharp film company established by G.H. Cricks and H.M. Sharp, with premises at London Road, Mitcham.

 

William George Barker establishes Autoscope Co., with open-air studio at Stamford Hill, London.

 

The Big Swallow (d. James Williamson)

1902

31 May

Boer War formally ends following the signing of an armistice at Vereeniging.

9 August

Coronation of King Edward VII

 

William George Barker begins production at Ealing.

 

A Reservist Before the War and After the War (d. James Williamson) - one of the earliest examples of social realism in British cinema

1903

 

Charles Urban Trading Company established in London

 

Mary Jane's Mishap; or, Don't Fool with the Paraffin (d. G.A.Smith)

1904

 

Clarendon Film Company founded by H.V. Lawley and Percy Stow, with studio at Limes Road, Croydon.

1905

30 September

Director Michael Powell (d. 1990) born in Bekesbourne, Kent

 

Our New Errand Boy (d. James Williamson)

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