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Ground-breaking British silent films brought to life by Metamono in some of the capital's most unique venues

Date posted: 14.05.2014

Creative collective Metamono is breathing new life into rarely seen classics of wildlife documentary at performances across London.

Kicking off at Hackney's Apiary Studios, Secrets of Nature – Sounds Unseen is a series of screenings with specially composed music from Metamono, a collective of two musicians and one fine artist. This stunning collage of archive films dating from 1903 - 1927 showcases the incredible British talent that paved the way for natural history programmes celebrated today. .

  • When:  7.30pm Saturday 24 May
  • Where: Apiary Studios,  458 hackney road London E2 9EG

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These extraordinary films all employed cinematic techniques which were highly innovative at the time, to reveal aspects of nature which had never been seen by audiences before: 'Flowers bloom, fungus grows from a fly's footprints, a hatchling cuckoo pushes its siblings from the nest, the surface of stilton cheese teams with life'.

Pioneering British Filmmakers

The collection of films features work from some of Britain's most innovative filmmakers from the silent era.

Cinematographer Percy Smith's time lapse work changed the way we understand movement in plants forever.  Mary Field, his collaborator on the pioneering natural history series Secrets of Nature (1922-33)  began  her film career with British Instructional Films and went on to be one of the most important voices in largely male dominated British cinema, setting up the Children's Film Foundation.

Shows across the capital

Don't miss the other screenings across the capital this summer:

These events have been made possible thanks to the support of Film Hub London's Boost Award

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