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The Sick Kitten was made in 1901; six years after the birth of cinema, and over a century before today's cat-dominated internet scene. The premise is simple: two children play doctors with their kitten and feed it from a bottle labelled 'Fisik'. It licks away at the 'medicine' which we suspect is really milk. Within seconds, the kitty is cured and the young duo congratulate themselves with a triumphant handshake and a bow to the audience. The film was made by pioneer G.A. Smith, in Brighton, who was one of the earliest to identify the disarming screen presence of the domesticated cat.

'The Sick Kitten' is available to buy as part of the BFI 2-disc DVD set 'Early Cinema: Primitives and Pioneers' -

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