LONDONERS: A vintage film about modern day London. This film was created at the same time as the British Film Institute's newly restored Mitchell & Kenyon Archive of Edwardian films. In the early 1900’s Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon would travel the country, filming the local population and inadvertently documenting the very first human reactions to a camera.
In an era obsessed with digital technology and an increasingly camera-skeptic public, Londoners is an attempt to recreate this spectacle using the same technology and filming techniques. It was filmed entirely on a 100 year old wooden hand-cranked 35mm camera, and documents thousands of people happily interacting directly with the camera, almost exactly as they did 100 years ago. This film is proof that despite a century of progress, the city's inhabitants of today are not that different to those in the films of Mitchell and Kenyon. In fact, once you watch LONDONERS you realize that very little has changed.
A Channel 4 co-production and part of the BFI National Archive.