Will Onda

This blog documents my ongoing research into the life and work of Will Onda of Preston who was an acrobat, entertainer, filmmaker, cinema and theatre proprietor.  Will Onda was the stage name and also the preferred name of Hugh Rain who was born in Preston in 1869. By 1913 Onda had set up the Preston Film Service and was making, importing and distributing films to northern cinemas. His greatest legacy is his collection of topical films which he left to Preston on his death in 1949. These films are now held by the BFI National Archive in London and the North West Film Archive in Manchester.

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About Emma Heslewood

I am a historian and museum curator with broad interests including early topical films, social and industrial history, numismatics, archaeology and WW1. I am an expert on the life and work of the Victorian acrobat and topical film maker - Will Onda.
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  1. Pingback: Research into Will Onda, film maker | Jazzpete1938's Blog

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