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.
A Korean barbecue restaurant in the City, offering classic Korean dishes alongside modern takes on the cuisine – including Korean fried chicken, here dressed in a sweet chilli sauce or a honey, butter and garlic sauce. Meat is sourced from Smithfield and seafood from Billingsgate. Other menu items include savoury Korean pancake with kimchi and cheese, bibimbap with raw beef, chicken or pork, and tok bok ki – a popular Korean street food of rice cake with sweet soy or chilli sauce. Stir fried rice with kimchi and a fried egg proves popular. Korean beer also features.