THE BIG PICTURE
Written By Graham Sibley
Story By Graham Sibley & Marilyn Fu
LOGLINE: An ambitious, young genius working for Thomas Edison invents the motion picture as an escape from grief and falls for his older assistant. Inspired by true events and the forgotten life of William Kennedy Laurie Dickson.
This 17 second film was directed by William Kennedy Laurie Dickson. It was produced in the virtually all-male environment of the Black Maria, Edison's New Jersey Film Studio. This may be one of the earliest examples of same-sex imagery in the cinema. The film features Dickson playing a violin into a recording horn while two male co-workers dance together.