GUERILLA GROUP ROBERT WORCESTER THE JOHN CHITTOCK FOUNDATION presents A GUERILLA DOCS production
THE FIRST FILM featuring DAVID NICHOLAS WILKINSON MICHAEL HARVEY MARK RANCE STEPHEN HERBERT
TONY NORTH TONY PIERCE-ROBERTS BSC DANIEL MARTIN TONY EARNSHAW ADRIAN WOOTTON LAURIE SNYDER
QUENTIN DOWSE CAROL S WARD LOUISE A HANDLEY JACQUES PFEND LIZ RYMER MICK MCCANN
GORDON TREWINNARD with RONALD HARWOOD TOM COURTENAY and JOE ESZERHAS
editor DAVID HUGHES sound JOHAN MAERTENS AMPS director of photography DON MCVEY
composer CHRISTOPHER BARNETT co–producers IRFAN SHAH BILL LAWRENCE SIDONIE ROBERTS CHRIS JONES
executive producers DOUG ABBOTT ROBERT WORCESTER screenwriters DAVID NICHOLAS WILKINSON & IRFAN SHAH produced & directed by DAVID NICHOLAS WILKINSON
On the screen
David Nicholas Wilkinson was born and educated in Leeds. He entered the entertainment industry in 1970 as an actor. He played the title part in Ian McEwan’s production JACK FLEA’S BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION directed by Mike Newell, Stuart Sutcliffe in BIRTH OF THE BEATLES and over 40 theatre/ TV and film productions. He became a producer in 1981. His latest production before this one is HOW TO CHANGE THE WORLD. He became a distributor in 1989 and since 1998 he has only released British and Irish films. He is founder and Chairman of Guerilla Films.
THE FIRST FILM is Wilkinson’s debut as a director.
Michael Harvey was, until 2013, Curator of Cinematography at the National Media Museum where he curated major exhibitions on film, photography and animation and was responsible for the Cinematography collection which contains the surviving Le Prince cameras and copies of the paper prints of the Le Prince film fragments that he arranged to be animated. In 2012, his work on researching and realizing the first colour moving images (dating from 1901-2) from the original negatives by Edward Raymond Turner in the National Media Museum collection attracted worldwide media attention.
Stephen Herbert is a museum consultant, writer and specialist in the origins of cinema. Involved in image projection for 50 years he has a particular interest in Eadweard Muybridge, and the 19th-century optical devices that first gave lifelike movement to sequence pictures.
Mark Rance has produced special edition DVDs (and laserdiscs) for Criterion, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema. For Paul Thomas Anderson’s MAGNOLIA, he made the documentary THAT MOMENT a diary of the making of the film. Rance moved from Los Angeles to London in 2004 and established Watchmaker Films. Along with his partner, Louis Black, they restored Eagle Pennell’s seminal American independent film, THE WHOLE SHOOTIN’ MATCH and Tobe Hooper’s first feature EGGSHELLS. With support from the British Film Institute Rance is currently restoring the 18 films that form THE CHILDREN’S FILM UNIT. He studied under Rick Leacock at M.I.T.’s Film-Video Section. His films have been screened at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and at film festivals around the world.”
Daniel Martin was Leeds Museums and Galleries’ industrial history curator, formerly responsible for the conservation, display and interpretation of Leeds’ vast industrial heritage including early advancements in cinematography and photography. He is currently the Curator of Making at Derby Museums’ pioneering Silk Mill site.
Tony Earnshaw is the film critic and columnist for the Yorkshire Post newspaper and guests on the Movie Monday show for BBC Radio. He was formerly head of film programming at the UK’s National Media Museum and was artistic director of Bradford International Film Festival. His books include Made in Yorkshire, an encyclopedic look at 120 years of filmmaking in the birthplace of motion pictures and The Christmas Ghost Stories of Lawrence Gordon Clark and Studies in the Horror Film: Tobe Hooper’s Salem’s Lot.
Professor Anthony C T (Tony) North came to Leeds in 1972 as Professor of Biophysics at the University of Leeds. With an interest in the intellectual and industrial developments in Leeds, he became a member of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society. From its foundation in 1819, the Society’s members established a Museum, which a century later formed the basis of the present Leeds City Museum. LPLS meetings fostered interactions between its members, which were undoubtedly instrumental in the development of ideas such as those of Le Prince. Professor North served as President of the LPLS from 2009 to 2013.
Mick McCann (known locally as Mr Leeds) is an author, blogger and publisher. Mick is regularly called upon by BBC Leeds, ITV Yorkshire and the Yorkshire Evening Post. Mick’s last book, HOW LEEDS CHANGED THE WORLD, was an encyclopaedia of Leeds. It sold in its thousands and was chosen by Leeds City Council to be given as a gift from the city of Leeds to the VIPs visiting the city for the Tour De France Grand Départ 2014.
Adrian Wootton is the Chief Executive of Film London – the agency charged with developing the film and media industry in the capital. Adrian was Acting Director of the British Film Institute (BFI), Director of the London Film Festival (LFF) and the National Film Theatre (NFT). He was founding Director of Broadway Media Centre in Nottingham and Director of the Bradford Playhouse & Film Theatre.
Tony Pierce- Roberts BSC was nominated for an Oscar for A ROOM WITH A VIEW and HOWARD’S END. He won a BAFTA award for the TV series TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY. Other films include REMAINS OF THE DAY, THE CLIENT, UNDERWORLD, SURVIVING PICASSO, A VOYAGE AROUND MY FATHER, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST etc.
Irfan Shah moved to Leeds in 2003 to teach English, however it was his work as a film reviewer that brought him into contact with David Nicholas Wilkinson and Guerilla Films in 2009. He began researching Le Prince in the same year. His current project is an exhibition on Le Prince’s brother-in-law, John Whitley to be held at the Tetley Gallery in June 2015.
Carol S. Ward is currently the Executive Director of the Morris-Jumel Mansion Museum in New York City. She has been on staff there for 6 years, first as the Director of Education & Public Programs beginning in 2008. Ms. Ward also worked at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, CT, where she served as Museum Educator, Outreach Coordinator and acted as curator for two exhibitions on the history of chocolate. Ms. Ward is an art historian with her BA from Mary Washington College, and two Masters Degrees, her first in Museum Education from the College of New Rochelle, and her second in Art History from Hunter College.
Jacques Pfend is a former founder of a radio & TV station in Sarreguemines in France and co-founder of ARCHIVES CINEMATOGRAPHIQUES DE L’EST.(1969). He wrote his first paper on Le Prince – Leprince and the moving pictures (1993). Then Searching for Leprince in New-York City (1999). LOUIS AIME AUGUSTIN -LEPRINCE (in 2000, co- with Jean-Jacques Aulas) He is currently working on LOUIS AIME AUGUSTIN LEPRINCE AND HIS FAMILY (2014)
Quentin Dowse retired from the Humberside Police in 2004 as The Chief Superintendent, Divisional Commander in charge of the East Riding of Yorkshire. During his career of 30 years he was trained as a Senior Investigating Officer (S.I.O) and was responsible for leading numerous major crime and murder enquiries, at the ranks of Detective Chief Inspector and Detective Superintendent. During his time in the Police he gained an MA in Criminology from Hull University.
Louise A Handley has been an IP lawyer for nearly 20 years and is recognized as a leader in her field in both the Legal 500 and Chambers legal directories for IP. She specializes in all aspects of IP, technology and media, both contentious and non-contentious, and acts for a wide range of clients in a variety of industries, including a number of universities, government bodies, biotech, pharmaceutical companies and various electronic, digital, media and games companies.
Laurie Snyder is the great, great granddaughter of Louis Aimee Augustine and Sarah Elizabeth Whitley Le Prince through Joseph Augustine Le Prince. She is the keeper of the family archives and is currently researching information about Le Prince and his family. When not engaged in family research, she is an instructor in the “Fresh Connections” program and the Assistant to the Dean for Undergraduate Programs in the College of Communication and Fine Arts at the University of Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.
Joe Eszterhas was once the highest paid screenwriter in the world, this former journalist, most notably at Rolling Stone magazine has written the screenplays for BASIC INSTINCT, FLASHDANCE, SHOWGIRLS, BETRAYAL, JAGGED EDGE amongst others.
Ronald Harwood won an Oscar for his screenplay of THE PIANIST. A writer for over 60 years other screenplays/ plays include OLIVER TWIST, THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, BEING JULIA, TAKING SIDES, THE DRESSER, QUARTET, ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH.
Tom Courtenay is arguably Yorkshire greatest living actor. Films include BILLY LIAR, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, THE DRESSER, QUARTET, ONE DAY IN THE LIFE OF IVAN DENISOVICH, THE LONELINESS OF THE LONG DISTANCE RUNNER and the up and coming DAD’S ARMY shot in Yorkshire.
Gordon Trewinnard has been involved in the film and photography business for more than fifty years – as a location scout, experimental photographer, and movie equipment collector/dealer. Since 2000 he has been team leader for The Race to Cinema replica cameras project, which he instigated.
Behind the camera
David Nicholas Wilkinson – Producer, Director, Co-Writer
Irfan Shah – Co-writer, Co-Producer and researcher
Bill Lawrence – Co-Producer
Bill set up Reel Solutions in 2006 to pursue his passion for supporting all forms of cinema. He was Creative Director at Showroom Cinema, Sheffield, one of the UK’s leading independent cinemas, and Head of Film at the National Museum of Photography, Film & Television (later the National Media Museum), Bradford. He set up three of the city’s film festivals – Bradford International Film Festival, Bite the Mango Film Festival and Bradford Animation Festival. In 2006 Bill was one of the key people to set up the partnership board of Bradford: City of Film and was involved closely in achieving the UNESCO designation in 2009. Bill is chair of All Animated Limited and is a director on the Board of Creative England and previously Screen Yorkshire.
Sidonie Roberts – co-producer
Sidonie is a British multi disciplinary artist working primarily within moving image and performance. Graduating from a BA in Fine Arts at Central St. Martins in 2009, Robert’s continues to live and work in London. Solo shows have included ‘to put to bed the population’ at Import/export, Kassel, in conjunction with Documenta , as well as group shows at Yinka Shonibare’s Guest project space and The Jerwood Gallery. Alongside her own practise she has also worked with a number of artists and organisations including Jeffrey Perkins, Laurie Anderson and The Netherlands Institute of Media Art as well as having been invited to co curate the Nam June Paik exhibition at the 2009 Split Film Festival, Croatia.
Chris Jones – co-producer
Chris is a filmmaker with four British feature films and an Oscar shortlisted film behind him. As an author, he is the creator and writer of The Guerilla Film Makers Handbooks series. He also runs TEDx Ealing and the London Screenwriters Festival, the largest gathering of professional screenwriters in the world.
Doug Abbott – Executive Producer
Doug has been a film financier and adviser since 1980. His involvement in THE FIRST FILM is in memory of his long-term associate and friend, John Chittock OBE, the distinguished media consultant and historian who died in 2010. John wrote a regular weekly column for the Financial Times and was the editor of Screen Digest. He was a member of many industry bodies including co- founder of the British Screen Advisory Council and the British Federation of Film Societies. He also founded the Grierson Trust, which organises annual awards for documentary filmmaking.
John was fascinated by the history of the moving image and he amassed a large collection of books on the subject. He has written extensively on the development of the industry and its technological innovations of the past 40 years. He would have been intrigued by Le Prince’s story.
Sir Robert Worcester – Executive Producer
Sir Robert grew up in mid-America and in his teen years was much influenced by British cinema. He is a well-known figure in British public opinion research and political circles and as a media commentator, especially about voting intentions in British and American elections. Following the sale of MORI to the French research company Ipsos in October 2005, he became chairman of the Ipsos Public Affairs Research Advisory Board and an International Director of the Ipsos Group. Subsequently, in 2007 he became Senior Advisor to Ipsos MORI. Sir Robert’s is currently overseeing the Magna Carta 800th anniversary commemoration world-wide.
David Hughes – Editor
David started at the bottom and worked his way up to become Staff Online Editor at Wall to Wall where he worked on many documentaries including the well known series ‘WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?’ which was why he was selected for THE FIRST FILM. As a freelancer he has worked on a number of documentary feature films including SUPERBIKER films now on its 5th sequel.
Don McVey – Lead Cinematographer
Don studied Film Production at Leeds Beckett University. His first professional engagement was as an assistant editor at BBC Scotland. A move to London saw a change of direction as he became more involved in the camera department. Today he works as a Director of Photography, mainly shooting documentaries, commercials and well-known music artists.
Christopher Barnett – Composer
Christopher Barnett has scored over twenty-five films and documentaries, including the award winning, BAFTA nominated, TRISTRAM SHANDY: A COCK & A BULL STORY, starring Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon, Gillian Anderson and Stephen Fry; “K” starring Colin Salmon and Tamer Hassan, BORROWED TIME, starring Phil Davis and NOT IN OUR NAME featuring British former MP, Tony Benn.
As well as film he has composed for theatre and on several high profile commercial projects such as; tourist attractions, London Eye and Madam Tussauds as well as ceremony music for the prestigious ‘The WIFTS’ Awards in Los Angeles.
Johan Maertens – Lead sound recordist
Belgium born, Goole based Johan has had a diverse career working on film productions like IN BRUGES, MUTANT CHRONICLES, SAVING ANGEL HOPE, DE BUNKER, DUNKIRK etc., and working for broadcasters such as the BBC, NBC, Canal +, Rai, VTR, NDW, NET5 on over 200 TV programmes and documentaries.