The Friends of DKH Wood are putting on a free screening of short films made by the Gaumont film company who set up their film studio next to Dog Kennel Hill Wood from 1904 – 1912 and who were pioneers of British cinema before Hollywood even existed.
By the 1930s Gaumont were the largest British studio and continued to dominate the UK film industry for the next two decades, working with such luminaries as Alfred Hitchcock, James Mason and Boris Karloff.
The British Film Institute and film historian Tony Fletcher from the Cinema Museum bring the films of director Alf Collins out of the archive and onto the big screen for the first time in a hundred years.
Tony Fletcher's comments sound enticing:
“Considering this is very early film history and few titles survive from this period, these are incredibly important films. The director, Alf Collins, was an auteur before his time inventing the chase film which was later adopted by Hollywood. Collins is our equivalent of D. W. Griffith.”
The evening will combine film screenings with local history presentations to set the scene for Dog Kennel Hill in Edwardian times.
The films will be accompanied live by the one and only Neil Brand.
Bring a picnic, something to sit on and something to keep you warm and dry.
Main entrance on Dog Kennel Hill. Nearest postcode: SE5 8AY.
Meetup arrangements will be sent out a few days before the event.
Transport: Denmark Hill station, East Dulwich Station, Buses 40, 185, 484, 176, P13