The display follows the story of experimental film-making in Brighton and Hove between 1986 and the present day.

The city's little-known role in international filmmaking is the subject of this show, which spans 120 years of moving image history.

It features the work of early pioneers such as George Albert Smith and James Williamson, who were working in Brighton at the turn of the 20th century, as well as modern and contemporary filmmakers and artists Jeff Keen, Ben Wheatley, Ben Rivers and others.

Also on display are some of the ground-breaking cameras made in the city. These include an 1896 experimental cine camera, the world’s first amateur film camera from 1899, and a 1900 special effects cine camera for reverse motion and close-ups – all of which were produced by Alfred Darling & Sons of Brighton.

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1EE

03000 290 900


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