Dates and Times

Tue 6 Oct, 2015 to Wed 7 Oct, 2015 at 7.30pm

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Ticket information

£12 / £10

Book Tickets

Part of Calm Down, Dear 2015

Check out the offers we’ve got running throughout the festival below. The discount will be automatically applied to your basket – just add the tickets in and we’ll do the rest.

DOUBLE BILL OFFER: Catch Filmland! in a double bill with Are you ready for your close up? (Tue 6 Oct) and Baby Face (Wed 7 Oct) for just £16.
FESTIVAL PASS: Get involved with the whole festival and pick up a festival pass. Any five shows for £40!

Presented by CRANK Theatre
15+, contains implied sexual violence

Filmland! is the amazing untrue story of Harriet Hartley, the forgotten genius of early British cinema, and the man she invented, Fred Butterworth. It’s a radical alternative history of film, told in the styles of the period: part silent film, part music hall and all before your very eyes. 

In 1888 Harriet Hartley appeared in the first moving picture ever made, the Roundhay Garden Scene filmed by Louis le Prince. In 1890 le Prince vanished in France, possibly murdered by Thomas Edison, with whom he was fighting a bitter patent battle to be crowned the creator of cinema. That much is certain. As for the rest … well, that’s for you to decide.

Filmland! is about what we lose when men and money steal an art form: about unheard voices, blurred identities and the suppression of ideas. It’s an alternative history of cinema, and a call to arms for an alternative future, giving us each the chance to imagine the unique, bold and radical movie that plays inside our own mind.

Filmland! is co-created by Frode Gjerlow and India Banks from CRANK with Jonathan Wakeham (screenwriter and co-founder of the LOCO London Comedy Film Festival) and Eli Harris, who plays the lead role of Harriet/Fred. Set in the years between 1888 and 1914, it’s a devised show performed in the sprit of the music halls and cinemas of the time, using title cards, jump cuts, physical comedy, movement and film.

Supported by Battersea Arts Centre.

About the company

CRANK is an international devised theatre ensemble trained at Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq. They create bold, visually arresting, socially relevant and widely accessible work and have performed at BAC, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and internationally.

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