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Earliest home movies to go online

Published 07/07/2015

Some of the world's earliest home movies will be made available on the BFI's website
Some of the world's earliest home movies will be made available on the BFI's website

The world's earliest known home movies are being put online as part of a pioneering project to make thousands of films available to watch.

They were made by Alfred Passmore in 1902 and show his family at home in Streatham, south London, and on holiday in Bognor Regis and The Isle of Wight.

His grandson Michael, who still has the original camera used to shoot the films, said: " I am very proud of my grandfather's films; they have such a lot of movement and are never boring. The films capture the joys of family occasions and holidays so beautifully. I am delighted that they will be able to be shared with the rest of the country and hope they will continue to give pleasure to anyone interested in the history of home movies."

They are being put online as part of the Britain On Film series on the British Film Institute's BFI Player along with films and TV footage from across the country.

Other films being made available include footage of the final Glasgow tram in 1961 shot by an amateur filmmaker, The Bradford Godfather from 1976 which is a documentary about the founding father of the city's Pakistani community and film of the prawn festival in the Northern Irish village of Kilkeel.

While researching the project, t he BFI's creative director Heather Stewart found footage of her great grandmother, grandmother and mother in a film featuring her home village of Moniaive in Dumfries and Galloway.

She said: "I've never seen my family on film before so it was a wonderful surprise to discover three generations together. There's a perennial joy in location spotting; couple this with the emotional power of film and Britain on Film has the potential to touch everyone in the UK."

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