Brighton School (filmmaking)

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Brighton School (fr.: L'école de Brighton) was a loosely associated group of pioneering filmmakers active in the Brighton and Hove area of England from 1896 to 1910.[1]


The core membership of the group consists of filmmakers George Albert Smith, James Williamson and Esmé Collings as well as engineer Alfred Darling; other names associated with the group include Collings' former business partner William Friese-Greene and the group's London-based distributor Charles Urban.[2][3]

Term origins[edit]

The term was coined by French film historian Georges Sadoul in an article that was translated and re-published in pamphlet form as British Creators of Film Technique by the British Film Institute in 1948.[4][5]


  1. ^ Film — Hove Museum
  2. ^ BAM/PFA - Film Programs
  3. ^ Experimental Motion: the art of film innovation - Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove
  4. ^ "Brighton & Hove from the dawn of the cinema". Terra Media. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
  5. ^ The Brighton School and the Birth of British Film — The University of Brighton

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