THE FIRST FILM -- by British filmmaker David Nicholas Wilkinson, who directed, co-wrote (with Irfan Shah) and co-produced -- appears to be going straight-to-digital on this side of the pond. This is a shame, I think, because the movie, in many respects, deserves the kind of coverage that a theatrical release would entail. It posits that so much of what we think we know about who was responsible for the beginnings of cinema -- Thomas Edison, the Lumière brothers, Georges Méliès -- is nothing like the entire picture, especially as concerns a French fellow by the name of Louis Aimé Augustin Le Prince (henceforth to be known in this post as simply Louis Le Prince).
Tom Courtenay, who will complain? At the film's beginning, Wilkinson asks several people involved in film about Le Prince, and no one, it seems, has heard of the man. At the finale, he corners a few of them again and -- in the movie's most embarrassing moment (for the filmmaker) -- rather forces them to own up as to whether or not Wilkinson has proven his theory. Any intelligent viewer will by now have formed his own opinion, and so certainly does not need to be further prodded and cajoled by the filmmaker badgering his interviewees.
TrustMovies learned back in grade school about Thomas Alva Edison was certainly nothing like what he found here: Mr. Edison now seems less an inventor and more of a smart marketer and "patent thief.")
Guerilla Films and running 106 minutes -- makes its U.S. debut this coming Monday, September 12, online via all major platforms. I would hope that a DVD will also appear at some point. We shall see.