The Origins of Cinema, the very first publication of Reel to Reel Institute, is a storybook written in Cantonese with English translation, introduces the origins and technological development of the cinema. By illustrating early colour techniques and unique cinema viewing experience accompanied by live sounds, the book intends to change the boring impression of ‘silent’ films.

Based on the content and exquisite illustrations of the book, some 8/16mm short films will also be shown in the sharing sessions. Let’s experience the charm of film projection!

Book Details


Janis Law, Aki Kung, Gladys Lau


13 Nov 2020 (Fri) 6:30pm
Venue: Duddell’s (Level 3, Shanghai Tang Mansion1 Duddell Street, Central, Hong Kong)

The Rink
USA 1916 B&W 24mins 16mm
Directed by Charlie Chaplin
Silent with scores, English intertitles

15 Nov 2020 (Sun) 2:30pm
Venue: Break Through Centre (191 Woosung Street, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon)

Cats in the Bag
USA 1936 B&W 7mins 16mm
Directed by Mannie Davis, George Gordon
Silent with scores, English intertitles

Boy Meets Dog
USA 1938 B&W 9mins 16mm
Directed by Walter Lantz
Silent with English intertitles

18 Nov 2020 (Wed) 7:30pm
Venue: Book Punch (3/F, Tai Nam Commercial Building, 169 Tai Nam Street, Sham Shui Po, Kowloon)

One Week
USA 1920 B&W 19mins 8mm
Directed by Buster Keaton, Eddie Cline
Silent with scores, English intertitles