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Cecil Hepworth CameoDedicated to the life and work of 
Cecil Milton Hepworth

Pioneer of British Cinema

Innovator, Cinematographer, Actor, Producer, Director, Inventor, Artist, who lived and worked in Walton On Thames, Surrey, England from 1896 to 1924.

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"There was nothing of courage in what I did. It was always just a lark for me...
I was suckled on amyl acetate and reared on celluloid."
    [Cecil Hepworth, Penguin Film Review 8th April 1948]

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** NEW** Hazel Bielby is is interested in any information about Victor Prout, set designer and eminent artist as well as an actor in Hepworth films,
to whom she is related. Please
contact us with any information. Visit the Victor Prout page.
Karen Thompson is interested in any information about Reginald Sheffield, who appeared under the name Eric Desmond when a child actor. Please contact us with any information.
Lornie McCormack Goodheart is interested in any information about Gladys Sylvani,
to whom she is related. Please contact us with any information.
British Silents

Linked to the British Silent Film Festival

A series of celebrations in May 2012 in Walton on Thames.
Read the Press Release


See wonderful stills from "The Amazing Quest of Mr Ernest Bliss" (1920) and learn more about the life-changing story of the film, which could be relevant for our own time almost 100 years later !


Hepworth classic 'Helen of Four Gates' to be shown ninety years on, close to where it was made

Helen of Four Gates will be shown at Hebden Bridge Picture House on the evening of 10 June 2010 AND DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND AGAIN IN DECEMBER.
the Picture House website for the latest details. Tel: 01422 842807

Thanks to Nick Wilding for his splendid efforts in making this great event happen!

Preview it here

5th Nov 2009: It is with pleasure we announce a new film, Harishchandrachi Factory which has been selected as India's official entry in the Best Foreign Film category at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards. It commemorates the life of Dadasaheb Phalke - the father of Indian cinema. Phalke was taught by Hepworth in 1912. Harishchandrachi Factory premieres in London's Cineworld cinema at Shaftesbury Avenue on 6 November 2009. more...


14th Oct 2009: It is with regret we announce the death of Valerie Williamson
on Thursday 8th October 2009.
The last of Cecil Hepworth's four children spent her life as a stalwart
supporter and promoter of her father's work.

Our sympathies go to family and friends.

A documentary on Val and Cecil Hepworth was premiered at world’s leading
international silent-film festival
in Pordenone the week before her death.

The Cinema Museum has written an obituary at the
Giornate Del Cinema Muto web pages.


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Acknowledgements: I am grateful for contributors to this website including Dr. Nick Wiley, Nick Wilding, Fred Lake, Janice Healey, Tony Fletcher, Bob Geoghegan, Anthony Saffrey, Chris Lynch, Sunbury and Shepperton Local History Society, and many others.

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