Dyer Films were a small, independent studio that operated from 1897 through until 1939 from premises on the outskirts of Blackburn.

They were renowned for their low-budget dramas and their most successful films in the early 20th century featured women engaged in donkey stoning.  The LFI has over 20 Dyer films in its permanent archive.


Lance Lenor is perhaps the greatest living exponent of the Lancashire art of film direction.  He is perhaps best remembered as the director of Squadron Leader Z (1943), starring Derek Postman as Albert Silcock (although this film has sometimes been attributed to the Spatchcock studios in Oldham, where Lenor learned his craft).


Alfred Spatchcock and DW Blunt are reputed to have made over 20,000 films between 1921 and 1999, few of which have survived.

In March 2013, Dr Derek J Ripley published the first appreciation of the work of the Hollinwood studios of 20th Century Spatchcock, which fostered such talent as Beryl Flynn, the Rev Charles Hankie and Roger 'Fatty' Arbuthnot.  Further details may be found at www.thelostfilms.co.uk


Mitchell and Webb were pioneers of photography and cinematography in the north west.  They made their fortune by re-hashing the same tired old clips and filmed routines of Lancashire folk leaving their places of work, including abattoirs, pie factories and tripe shops.  The LFI archive contains many fine examples of their work dating from the turn of the century through until 1932.

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