The Boxing Kangaroo is an 1896 British short black-and-white silent documentary film, produced and directed by Birt Acres for exhibition on Robert W. Paul’s peep show Kinetoscopes, featuring a young boy boxing with a kangaroo. The film was considered lost until footage from an 1896 Fairground Programme, originaly shown in a portable booth at Hull Fair by Midlands photographer George Williams, donated to the National Fairground Archive was identified as being from this film. —Wikipedia
Despite increased critical attention in recent years, Birt Acres remains a comparatively neglected figure among the pioneers of British film. As a creative film-maker his contribution was negligible, but as an inventor and innovator, and simply as someone who was especially active at the start of things, his importance is certain.
Birt Acres was born to English parents in Richmond, Virginia, USA on 23 July 1854, and took up the profession of photographer in London. He became the manager of a dry plate works in Barnet, and experimented for himself with chronophotographic time-lapse studies of clouds. In December 1894, he was approached by the engineer and instrument-maker Robert Paul, who had begun to produce replicas of Edison Kinetoscopes and needed someone with photographic expertise to collaborate on the production of a camera. Together they developed a ciné camera and by February 1895 made their first film experiment, showing their mutual friend Henry Short walking outside… read more