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​SFW 2017: Stephen Fry and the ​Gutenberg Press

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Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press

Documentary screening plus Live Music

What better way to draw Southampton Film Week to a close than with a return to the exquisite Red Hot Press where you can feast upon the delightful Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press in The Machine that Made Us and soak up the sounds of Straight to Cake as they entertain you with an eclectic mix of film favourites ranging from Thus Spake Zarathustra to Singing in the Rain!

Date: Sunday 19th November 2017

Time: 7pm

Venue: Red Hot Press, The Corn Exchange,
​Old Cattle Market, Captain's Place, Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 3FE

Stephen Fry and the Gutenberg Press

In this BAFTA-nominated documentary Stephen Fry investigates the story of the most important machine ever invented. The printing press was the world’s first mass-production machine. Its invention in the 1450s changed the world as dramatically as splitting the atom or sending men into space, sparking a cultural revolution which shaped the modern age. It is the machine that made us who we are today.

Stephen’s investigation combines historical detective work and hands-on challenge. He travels to France, Germany and Switzerland on the trail of Johann Gutenberg, the elusive inventor of the printing press and the world’s first media entrepreneur. Along the way he discovers the lengths Gutenberg went to keep his project secret, explores the role of avaricious investors and unscrupulous competitors, and discovers why printing mattered so much in medieval Europe.

But to really understand the man and his machine Stephen must get his hands dirty, assembling a team of craftsmen and helping them build a working copy of Gutenberg’s original press. He learns how to make paper the 15th century way, and works as an apprentice in a metal foundry making type, before leading a unique experiment to put the replica press through its paces. Can Stephen’s team match the achievement of Gutenberg’s medieval craftsmen?

BAFTA Specialist Factual Nominee

“An absorbing documentary. A winning combination of wit and wonder.” (The Observer)


For more information about this event and all the activities during Southampton Film Week 2017 visit

www.southamptonfilmweek.com

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