In the early twentieth century Shoreham Beach was the home of the British feature film. Take the opportunity to see the surviving segments of 'Little Dorrit' and 'The Mayor of Casterbridge'.

Event Date:
Sep 15 - Sep 16 at 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Shoreham Centre,
Pond Road ,

Shoreham Film Studios films from the collection of Screen Archive South East at the University of Brighton. ‘The Mayor of Casterbridge’ and ‘Little Dorrit’ adapted from novels for the screen, directed by Sidney Morgan and produced by the Progress Film Company in the early 1920s on Shoreham Beach.

Little Dorrit

This twenty-minute silent film represents the surviving footage of the first film adaptation of Charles Dickens’ novel Little Dorrit, a story of love, money and imprisonment in the Victorian era.

The Mayor of Casterbridge (1921)

Sidney Morgan presents Thomas Hardy’s tale of a man who changes his ways and makes a success of his life after wrongdoing his wife and child only to lose it all. It was the first film entirely shot on location in Britain and was produced in 1921, the same year as A Lowland Cinderella starring Joan Morgan.

At the Shoreham Centre on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 September from 10am to 4pm and at the Ropetackle Arts Centre on Saturday 16 September from 12pm to 7pm.

A Heritage Open Days 2023 event organised by the Shoreham Society.

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