Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Gaumont Film Studios - Champion Hill

From 1904 to 1912 the Gaumont Film Company had their main studio on the site of Champion Hill. Interestingly many of their movies were filmed in the immediate neighbourhood, and one of Dulwich Hamlet’s earliest grounds (Freeman’s Ground) – features in several early films made at the studio.

Screenshot courtsey of BFI National Archive

In August there will be a free outdoor screening of some of these short silent films. This will take place in the Dog Kennel Hill Open Space (up the steps from the Sainsburys cash machines).

Make a note in your diary for Saturday 30th August at 8.30pm. There will be live piano accompaniment to aid authenticity.


Get along there and see for yourself how the grounds looked at the beginning of the twentieth century. Not too dissimilar to Tuscany, someone said.

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