“From when I was very young… my parents bought me a toy projector, you know, and you turned the handle on it and put a picture on the screen and it always got me interested in it. So I said to my mother, is this like somebody’s job?”
Phil Henshal works at The Cornerhouse Cinema as a film projectionist, a job that was once of most significant importance in the cinema but is now being pushed to the fringes of redundancy by the developments in digital film projection. Phil is clearly passionate about his work. He is mild mannered and polite, however, his inoffensive demeanour cannot hide his concern for the ageing practise of manual film projection.

A film by
Pauline Dabrowski
Shane Fennelly &
Esther Maagdenberg


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