A chronology of Manchester's Film History compiled by CP Lee. Comments and/or additional material welcome -
(This page updated 27-Nov-2011)
|1914 - 1917||WAR BREAKS OUT ...|
By November 1914 there were over two hundred cinemas in the Greater Manchester area.
In 1915, John E Blakeley secured exclusive North of England distrubution rights for Chaplin's Tillie's Punctured Romance and in 1916 - the 'Manchester Film Production Company' opened on Rosamund Street.
Ronald Gow, a schoolmaster at Altrincham Grammar and a keen amateur filmmaker made an actuality in an Altrincham hospital, Altrincham and District War Hospital Supply Depot 1917 showing nurses sewing for the War effort (NWFA link).
1914 - Actor Katy (Kay) Hughes born in Irlam 16 Jan (d. 4 Apr 1998) - Hollywood cowgirl from Salford!
1914 - Geoffrey Unsworth born in Leigh c. 1914 (d. 28 Oct 1978). Legendary cinematographer for Powell and Pressburger, amongst many other great directors.
1915 - Actor Arthur Lowe born 22 September in Hayfield (d. 15 April 1982).
1915 - Actor Helen Cherry born in Worsley on 24 November (d. 27 Sept 2001).
1916 - Mancunian Films producer/director Tom Blakeley born 11 October (d. 16 Jul 1984).
1917 - Anthony Burgess, novelist who also wrote successfully for the screen was born 25 February in Harpurhey (d. 22 November 1993).
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MANCHESTER FILM HISTORY established 2011.