Brighton School (fr.: L'école de Brighton) was a loosely associated group of pioneering filmmakers active in the Brighton and Hove area of England from 1896 to 1910.[1] It was mostly a series of shorts and early projects in films from the school of the Brighton area.


The core membership of the group consists of filmmakers George Albert Smith, James Williamson and Esmé Collings as well as engineer Alfred Darling; other names associated with the group include Collings' former business partner William Friese-Greene and the group's London-based distributor Charles Urban.[2][3]

Term origins

The term was coined by French film historian Georges Sadoul in an article that was translated and re-published in pamphlet form as British Creators of Film Technique by the British Film Institute in 1948.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ Film — Hove Museum
  2. ^ BAM/PFA - Film Programs
  3. ^ Experimental Motion: the art of film innovation - Royal Pavilion and Museums Brighton and Hove
  4. ^ "Brighton & Hove from the dawn of the cinema". Terra Media. Retrieved 2015-07-11.
  5. ^ The Brighton School and the Birth of British Film — The University of Brighton