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Timeline of British Film
 
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1906

30 December

Director Carol Reed born in Putney, London (d. 1976)

 

G.A. Smith and Charles Urban patent Kinemacolor and make their first natural colour films.

 

Gaumont Company Ltd established.

 

Pathé opens London branch.

 

William George Barker introduces a regular daily (except in cases of fog) newsreel at the Empire Theatre, Leicester Square.

 

The '?' Motorist (d. W.R. Booth)

 

Rescued by Rover (d. Lewin Fitzhamon)

1907

22 January

Music Hall pay dispute closes London variety theatres; settled 15 February.

15 February

Music Hall pay dispute resolved: London variety theatres reopen

3 June

Paul Rotha born Paul Thompson in London (d. 1984)

19 August

Director Humphrey Jennings born in Walberswick, Suffolk (d. 1950)

 

Opening of Balham Empire, first British theatre devoted entirely to film shows.

 

Pathé ceases outright sale of films in favour of a rental system.

1908

15 February

Writer and director Sidney Gilliat born in Edgeley, Cheshire (d. 1994)

20 March

Actor Michael Redgrave born in Bristol (d. 1985)

 May

Walter Tyler introduces 'daylight projection' to Britain: idea is that, for sake of morality, films be projected without darkening auditorium.

21 June

Greatest suffragette rally in Hyde Park.

8 December

Smith and Charles Urban demonstrate Kinemacolor at the Royal Society of Arts, London.

 

Cricks and Martin production partnership established.

 

Pathé introduces the newsreel Pathé-Faits Divers under the direction of Alvert Gaveau. The name is changed soon afterwards to Pathé-Journal.

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