The First Film

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The First Film is a 2015 British documentary film about cinema pioneer Louis Le Prince, made by David Nicholas Wilkinson.[1][2] It argues the case that Le Prince, rather than the Lumiere brothers, was the true inventor of moving pictures, making his first film in Leeds in 1888 before his mysterious disappearance in 1890.[3][4]

Mark Kermode, film critic of The Guardian, described the film as "a flickering story that blends intrigue, industrial espionage, and possibly even murder".[5]

The film's world premiere was at the 2015 Edinburgh International Film Festival.[1] It went on general release in the United States in September 2016.[6]


  1. ^ a b "The First Film". Programme: 2015. Edinburgh Film Festival. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  2. ^ "The First Film". Film 4. Retrieved 5 March 2017.
  3. ^ Hannaford, Alex (24 June 2015). "The mystery of Leeds's long-lost movie pioneer". The Telegraph. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  4. ^ Youngs, Ian (23 June 2015). "Louis Le Prince, who shot the world's first film in Leeds". BBC News. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  5. ^ Kermode, Mark (5 July 2015). "The First Film review – a secret cinematic history". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 November 2016.
  6. ^ McNary, Dave (4 August 2016). "David Nicholas Wilkinson's 'The First Film' Documentary Gets September Release". Variety. Retrieved 5 March 2017.

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