A Trip to the Moon! (sort of)
On Wednesday, 20th November, we will be heading to Leeds Town Hall to experience A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune), a 1902 French adventure film directed by Georges Méliès. Inspired by a wide variety of sources, including Jules Verne's novels From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, the film follows a group of astronomers who travel to the Moon in a cannon-propelled capsule, explore the Moon's surface, escape from an underground group of Selenites (lunar inhabitants), and return to Earth with a captive Selenite. It features an ensemble cast of French theatrical performers, led by Méliès himself in the main role of Professor Barbenfouillis, and is filmed in the overtly theatrical style for which Méliès became famous.
It is not often we get the chance to experience early cinema in this way, as the film (created prior to sound being recorded alongside), is accompanied by a live band.
After the showing, we will walk to Leeds Art Gallery, where we will enjoy various exhibits, seeing how light can be used to both appreciate and also create art.
Please see the attached letter for a permission slip and further details - we ask for a donation of £8 to cover the cost of the coach and without this, we may not be able to go.
Packed lunch is needed - it will need to be carried around all day. :-)