It’s the latter that our guide, wildlife photographer Charlie Hamilton-James, attempts to recreate with the original camera equipment. His task lends this documentary about Smith’s life and work a sense of anticipation (minus any irritating pseudo-jeopardy), while hammering home the significance of his achievements.
Smith pioneered a staggering range of techniques, including time-lapse photography, animation and underwater film, and his innovation didn’t go unappreciated by Edwardian England: we see his flies both sensationalised as front page news and morphed into political cartoons. The more we learn about Smith, the more justified this ode to him seems, while his sweet, funny and beautiful films (by the 1920s they were regularly billed next to groundbreaking avant-garde cinema) are proof enough of their own worth.
Enfolded within Camden Market, this building may have been a horse hospital at one point in its lifetime, but it certainly ain't an animal refuge any more. The cobbled floors remain, as do the stables, but they've been spruced up and turned into booths. The roof terrace has also been revamped with bright colours and twee bunting. The main space is usually decked with artwork on the walls and also has a stage for live bands. There's a cabaret room on the other side of the venue and, of course, a bar serving up the usual tipples. Club nights here usually feature indie-electro, synth-pop, R&B, hip hop and funk.
Venue says: “From Drizzy to Dizzee, we play you the best in hip hop, trap and grime every Wednesday at Proud Camden.”