The Cheese Mites

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The Cheese Mites
Cheese Mites screen shot.jpg
Screenshot from the film
Directed byF. Martin Duncan
Produced byCharles Urban
CinematographyF. Martin Duncan
Charles Urban Trading Company
Release date
  • August 1903 (1903-08)
Running time
2.5 mins extant
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Cheese Mites (1903) is a British short silent documentary film, produced by Charles Urban and directed by F. Martin Duncan.


A gentleman is put off his lunch when he holds up a magnifying glass and sees a microscopic view of the cheese mites in his Stilton cheese sandwich.

Production background[edit]

The film "was the sensation of the first public programme of scientific films in Britain shown at the Alhambra Music Hall in Leicester Square, London, in August 1903". According to Michael Brooke of BFI Screenonline, "its claim to being scientific lay in its being shot through a microscope, revealing to a lay audience sights that would normally only have been available to owners of microscopes."[1][2]

Preservation status[edit]

A complete copy which includes an opening sequence, featuring F. Martin Duncan as the gentleman, was recently discovered uploaded to YouTube under a different title, and has now been acquired by the British Film Institute. Previously only the sequence showing the cheese mites had survived.


  1. ^ Brooke, Michael. "The Cheese Mites". BFI Screenonline Database. Retrieved 24 April 2011.
  2. ^ Rohrer, Finlo. "Cheese mites and other wonders". BBC News Magazine Database. Retrieved 24 April 2011.

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