Attack on a Mission Station (1900)
|Directors||Sagar Mitchell , James Kenyon|
(Alternative) Boxer Attack on a Missionary Outpost
This film of Chinese "Boxer" rebels attacking a Christian mission station was filmed by Sagar Mitchell and James Kenyon around their home town of Blackburn. The Boxers were a Chinese secret society dedicated to expelling foreigners, particularly Christian missionaries, from China. Films like this were often described as "fake" actuality films, although audiences were probably under no illusions of it being real events filmed.
Not as spectacular as James Williamson's "Attack on a China Mission", but this has its qualities, some that are even better. This is a one-scene film, so all the events happen on one take, so it is kind of a marvel that they managed to put in so much of a story. A missionary is reading while his wife and daughter depart, but they are soon back chased by some Chinese Boxers. They try to defend themselves, but to no avail until the army arrives and shoots the Chinese down. It's kind of chaotic, but the framing gives the scene a nice feeling to it until the action happens.