The documentary uncovers the mysterious disappearance of cinema’s unsung hero and how he invented the world’s first moving image camera. It made its world debut at The Edinburgh Film Festival yesterday (Tuesday 23 June 2015), where it has been nominated for Best Documentary at the world’s oldest continually running film festival.
With more than 18 years of experience in the film industry, Liz was a natural choice to help produce scenes of the film which, were shot in Leeds. Liz Rymer, associate principal lecturer at Leeds Trinity University, said: “I have known of Le Prince since we celebrated our own Centenary of Cinema at the Leeds International Film Festival in 1988, 100 years after Le Prince’s Leeds Bridge footage.
“I was thrilled when I was asked to join the team in producing a documentary which not only tried to solve the riddle of his disappearance, but put the Leeds right at the forefront of moving image development.
“This project was hugely satisfying for me to be a part of as it has enabled me to demonstrate by film making skills about a subject I’m passionate about while bringing the city of Leeds to life within the documentary. Another side to this is that it has enabled me to share my practical experience with my students at Leeds Trinity University, to help with their development and learning.”
The film sets to out to prove that the first moving pictures were shot in Leeds by Le Prince and Liz worked closely with a team of more than 50 enthusiasts to bring his story to life.
Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds, which Liz was once General Manager of, will host its own Charity Gala Première on Wednesday at 8pm. ‘The First Film’ will then go on to be shown at the National Media Museum in Bradford on Thursday, where the film was shot.
The film will then open nationwide on Friday at the newly refurbished Regent Street Cinema in London, where the Lumiere brothers once showed their films in 1896.
Leeds Trinity University’s teaching community is made up of staff who are true experts and leaders in their fields.
This approach enables students to benefit from their knowledge and shape their learnings to ensure they experience the most rounded education. Liz Rymer is a fine example of this and she will be hosting a master class for students and the local community all about her work on The First Film.