Will Onda’s films to feature in new DVD released for Preston Guild

On Tuesday 13th March at 7.30pm a new film about Preston will premier at Preston’s Charter Theatre.

The Film titled ‘Preston and its Guilds 1902 – 1992 is a collaboration between North West Film Archive and the Harris Museum & Art Gallery. The film will be officially released for sale on the 13 March, priced £12.

The film features extracts from some of the many films made by Will Onda’s Pictures. Onda also gets a special mention for his contribution to the film heritage of the city by the film’s narrator Roy Barraclough.

Will Onda, a former stage acrobat, made and produced films of Preston for over 30 years until his death in 1949. The earliest film which survives is Empire Day from 1909. He left his huge collection of local films to Preston Council. The films are now deposited with North West Film Archive in Manchester (part of Manchester Metropolitan University) and the BFI/National Film Archive in London.

Will Onda’s Pictures produced the film of the 1922 Preston Guild. The 1922 Guild proclamation is included on the new dvd and also briefly captures Onda in front of the camera wearing a light coloured suit and his trademark round spectacles (under the right column see the picture below).

Proclamation of the 1922 Preston Guild

Guild Mayor and Mayoress Henry and Mabel Astley-Bell with Will Onda!

Launch of Preston and Its Guild: 1902 – 1992
Charter Theatre, Tuesday 13th March 2012, 7.30pm

Tickets for the premier of the film are £5.00 (+ booking fee) available now from Charter Theatre box office on 0845 344 2026 or online at http://www.prestonguildhall.com

Further details on the dvd contact Hilary Machell on 01772 903619 or email h.machell@preston.gov.uk
Further details of the North West Film Archive and the films featured http://www.nwfa.mmu.ac.uk/

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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