Film ID: YFA 5245 Video of YFA_5245 People from Rotherham Photographic Society.mp4 PEOPLE FROM THE ROTHERHAM PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY EXHIBITION AT THE DRILL HALL 1914 Visitor TabsDescription This is an early film of the Rotherham Photographic Society posing for the camera. The film begins with a large group of people walking around a street corner and then gathering in the middle of the street before filing past the camera, with behind them a small girl runs in a direction away from the camera. They are then gathered outside a building, possibly the Drill Hall, exchanging cigarettes. Context An ‘actuality film’ taken on the eve of the First World War in 1914, when moving image was still something of a novelty, and making films a very exclusive affair. Perhaps not entirely sure how to present themselves, these Rotherham photographers choose to march traditionally in single file and a classic group pose. It may be that someone in the Rotherham Photographic Society had recently acquired a cine camera and was putting it to the test, and thereby preserving for posterity images of the members of the Society. Photographic societies were usually the source from where amateur filmmakers and cine clubs would spring from, which looks like the case here.