Frank Mottershaw

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Frank Mottershaw (film pioneer).

Frank Mottershaw (1850–1932) was an early English cinema director based in Sheffield, Yorkshire. His films, A Daring Daylight Burglary[1] and The Robbery of the Mail Coach[2] (featuring a protagonist based on Jack Sheppard, the infamous 18th-century English highwayman), made in April and September 1903, are regarded as highly influential[3] on the development of Edwin Porter’s paradigmatic "chase film" The Great Train Robbery, of December 1903, and often claimed as the prototype of the action film. The uniqueness[4] of Mottershaw's A Daring Daylight Burglary is seen as the way it tracks a single action through changing locations.

Mottershaw also made documentary films, an early example being The Coronation of King Peter I of Serbia in Belgrade, made in 1904, with Arnold Muir Wilson.

Filmography[edit]

  • 1903 A Daring Daylight Burglary (1903)
  • 1903 Robbery of the Mail Coach (1903)
  • 1903 The Convict's Escape from Prison (1903)
  • 1904 A Ride on the Kinver Light Railway (1904)
  • 1904 The Coronation of King Peter the First (1904)
  • 1904 Attack on a Japanese Convoy (1904)
  • 1904 A Dash with the Despatch (1904)
  • 1904 The Tramp's Duck Hunt (1904)
  • 1904 The Market Woman's Mishap (1904)
  • 1904 A Cycle Teacher's Experiences (1904)
  • 1904 The Coiners (1904)
  • 1904 The Bobby's Downfall (1904)
  • 1904 Late for Work (1904)
  • 1904 Boys Will Be Boys (1904)
  • 1904 Fly Catchers (1904)
  • 1904 Bertie's Courtship (1904)
  • 1904 The Tramps and the Washerwoman (1904)
  • 1904 A Picnic Disturbed (1904)
  • 1904 That Awful Donkey (1904)
  • 1905 A Soldier's Romance (1905)
  • 1905 An Eccentric Burglary (1905)
  • 1905 The Masher and the Nursemaid (1905)
  • 1905 Lazy Workmen (1905)
  • 1905 A Fireman's Story (1905)
  • 1905 The Shoplifter (1905)
  • 1905 The Demon Motorist (1905)
  • 1905 A Man Although a Thief (1905)
  • 1905 Mixed Babies (1905)
  • 1905 The Life of Charles Peace (1905)
  • 1906 Our Boyhood Days (1906)
  • 1906 Lost in the Snow (1906)
  • 1906 The Eccentric Thief (1906)
  • 1906 That Terrible Dog (1906)
  • 1906 Our Seaside Holiday (1906)
  • 1906 His First Silk Hat (1906)
  • 1906 After the Club (1906)
  • 1907 The Romany's Revenge (1907)
  • 1907 Johnny's Rim (1907)
  • 1907 Willie's Dream (1907)
  • 1907 The Blackmailer (1907)
  • 1907 His Cheap Watch (1907)
  • 1908 That Nasty Sticky Stuff (1908)

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/443089/index.html
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1056120
  3. ^ http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/445817/index.html
  4. ^ http://www.screenonline.org.uk/film/id/445817/index.html

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