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Holyhead Mail Boat 1898

Captivating early film by the pioneer of Welsh cinema.

Non-Fiction 1898 3 mins Silent


Rare footage of RMS Munster docking at Anglesey, carrying mail collected at Dublin. Made by Wales’ filmmaking pioneer Arthur Cheetham, the film consists of a single shot from a stationary camera patiently awaiting the steamer's arrival. Watching her draw inexorably closer we can still sense the shiver-down-the-back excitement of early film viewers seeing real-life movement reproduced on screen.