Professor in Film and Media History at Birkbeck College (University of London), film historian, critic and curator, Ian Christie has recently curated an exhibition presented in several locations and published a book on the pioneer of British cinema, Robert William Paul. The exhibition was first presented at the Bruce Castle Museum with the title Animatograph! How Cinema was Born in Haringey (London, 2019), while the book is entitled Rober William Paul and the Origins of British Cinema (University of Chicago Press, 2019). In this interview he discusses a very interesting and still little known collaboration between Paul and the author of The Time Machine (1895), H.G. Wells: a collaboration that resulted in a “preliminary patent” proposal for a film vieweing device called “the time machine”.