Considered by some to be the first natural history orientated film and one of the oldest surviving British films, Rough Sea at Dover dates back to 1895. The film features the simple ebb and flow of waves crashing against Admiralty Pier, Dover.
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As soon as film was invented, people started making porn. But Birt Acres was the first to just film water. And this was the first film publicly screened in Britain! After this, many film makers found it beautiful to film water. It's very cinematic, water. Just one minute of water, but people paid to see this in 1895, and loved it.