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Timeline of British Film
 
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1926

16 February

John Schlesinger born in London (d. 2003)

3 May

General Strike paralyses the country for nine days

30 September

British Board of Film Censors bans Sergei Eisenstein's The Battleship Potemkin, which is not awarded a certificate until 1954. However, it is screened at the Film Society and other cinema clubs.

 

Nell Gwynne (d. Herbert Wilcox)

 

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (d. Alfred Hitchcock)

 

J.D. Williams, co founder of First National Pictures in the US, sets up British National Pictures, building studios in Borehamwood, Elstree.

1927

8 February

Actor Stanley Baker born in Ferndale, Rhondda Valley (d. 1976)

 March

John Maxwell forms British International Pictures to combat Hollywood domination of British film industry.

3 July

Ken Russell born in Southampton

6 October

The Jazz Singer, the first picture to use all-synchronised sound, opens in US.

 

Easy Virtue (d. Alfred Hitchcock)

 

Hindle Wakes (d. Maurice Elvey)

 

Cinematograph Act establishes quota for film exhibitors.

 

British Lion Film Corporation opens Beaconsfield studio.

 

March: Gaumont-British Pictures Corporation registered as public company.

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