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From the moment ‘animated photographs’ began to emerge in 1896 as a new way of showing people their world on a big screen, Sussex has been used as a location thanks to its varied landscape.

In Detail

A landscape that ranges from the rolling hills of the South Downs, picturesque towns and villages, impressive stately homes and other built heritage, and its extensive coastlines and seaside resorts – all within easy reach of London. In this illustrated talk Sussex-based film historian Ellen Cheshire will share with us some glimpses of our Sussex past and present and discuss how filmmakers have used Sussex as a location over the past 125 years from the early Brighton and Hove Film Pioneers of the late 19th century to the films being made today.

To tie-in with the feature films being shown as part of this Made in Sussex season there’ll be a focus on films shot in and around the Seven Sisters Country Park, Worthing and Shoreham and Chichester District Council. 100m approx

Ellen Cheshire is a film historian, writer and lecturer who has written a number of books including ‘Electric Pictures: A Guide to the Films’, ‘Film-Makers & Cinemas of Worthing & Shoreham’, as well as books on Jane Campion, Ang Lee and Bio-Pics.

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