The Boxing Kangaroo
|The Boxing Kangaroo|
Screenshot from the film
|Directed by||Birt Acres|
The Boxing Kangaroo is an 1896 British short black-and-white silent documentary film, produced and directed by Birt Acres for exhibition on Robert W. Paul's peep show Kinetoscopes, featuring a young boy boxing with a kangaroo. The film was considered lost until footage from an 1896 Fairground Programme, originally shown in a portable booth at Hull Fair by Midlands photographer George Williams, donated to the National Fairground Archive was identified as being from this film.
It was one of at least four boxing-themed films Acres produced in 1896, the others being Boxing Match; or, Glove Contest, A Boxing Match in Two Rounds by Sgt. Instructor F.Barrett and Sgt. Pope and A Prize Fight by Jem Mace and Burke. The year before, German filmmaker Max Skladanowsky had made a similar film depicting a man boxing with a kangaroo, entitled Das boxende Känguruh.
- "A brief History: A 1896 Fairground Programme - The George Williams Collection". Europa Film Treasures. Retrieved 2011-05-25.
- Streible, Dan (2008). Fight Pictures: A History of Boxing and Early Cinema. University of California Press. p. 292. ISBN 978-0-520-94058-1.
- Crosson, Seán (2013). Sport and Film. Routledge. p. 36. ISBN 978-1-135-16745-5.
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