Life and Times (2005)

Film details


First of three programmes featuring films made between 1900 and 1913 by British filmmakers Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon. Commissioned by touring showmen, the two men roamed the North of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales filming the everyday lives of people at work and at play. The first episode tells the story of the discovering of the films in the early 1990s by workmen refurbishing the filmmakers' Blackburn shop, the involvement of local film enthusiast Peter Worden and the painstaking restoration of the films by the British Film Institute's National Film and Television Archive. The black-and-white films featured in this episode show life in the bustling streets at home and controversial war abroad. Includes interviews with descendents of some of those featured in the footage who were seeing their ancestors on film for the first time.

Cast & Credits

Latest from the BFI

  • Latest from the BFI

    Latest news, features and opinion.

More information

Films, TV and people

  • Films, TV and people

    Film lists and highlights from BFI Player.

More information

Sight & Sound magazine

  • Sight & Sound magazine

    Reviews, interviews and features from the international film magazine.

More information

Back to the top