Sestier, Marius

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Sestier, Marius Gender: M
Marius Ely Joseph Sestier
born on 8 September 1861 at 17:00 (= 5:00 PM )
Place Sauzet, France, 44n3611, 4e4910
Timezone LMT m4e4910 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Mandl
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 15°58' s_mo.18.gif s_scocol.18.gif 08°00 Asc.s_aqucol.18.gif 12°41'

Marius Sestier (1896)


French cinematographer best known for his work in Australia, where he shot some of the country's first films.

Sestier was a pharmacist by profession. He was employed by early filmmakers the Lumière brothers (Auguste and Louis Lumière) to demonstrate their cinématographe abroad. In this capacity he travelled to India in June 1896, where he held a showcase of six short films made by the Lumière brothers at Watson's Hotel, Bombay on 7 July 1896.

Sestier had met Australian photographer Henry Walter Barnett while travelling from Europe to India, and after Sestier completed his work in India they travelled to Sydney together. In September 1896 Sestier opened Australia's first cinema, the Salon Lumière in Pitt Street, Sydney. Sestier and Barnett began making their own films, starting with a short film of passengers disembarking from the ship S.S. Brighton in Manly, which was the first film shot and screened in Australia. Sestier and Barnett made approximately 19 films together in Sydney and Melbourne, most notably a film of the 1896 Melbourne Cup horse race. The feature, which consisted of 10 one-minute films shown in chronological order (separate films were required due to limitations of cameras of the time), was premiered at the Princess Theatre, Melbourne on 19 November 1896, with Sestier giving an accompanying lecture. It has been cited as Australia's first film production.

After returning to France he went on to become director of the Lumière Patents Company. He died on 8 November 1928, aged 67, in Sauzet, Drôme, France.

Link to Wikipedia biography



Source Notes

Birth certificate quoted in Michaël Mandl's CINÉMA MUET (Silent Film) collection.


  • Vocation : Art : Photography (Cinematographer)
  • Vocation : Medical : Pharmacist