Yes, you read that right. There is now a film about the Linotype machine, described by Thomas Edison as the “Eighth Wonder of the World”.
The Linotype machine (pronounced line-o-type because it produced one line of type at a time) had as big an impact on the distribution of information in its time as the internet has had in ours. It revolutionised the way type was set from a labour intensive, manual process to a more automated one that took a fraction of the time and enabled the faster production of printed literature. In its day it was a big deal.
The film is due for release in February and this excerpt from the official website explains why the producers made the film:
“The highly-skilled operators of the Linotype are in a battle against time. If their skills are not passed along to a new generation of operators, the machine will die completely. There is a small group of former operators that want to save the Linotype from the scrap yard, but some see this as a fruitless endeavor.
What place does the Linotype have in the age of new technology? Should the machine be shoved into a museum and left to rust? Why should anyone care about typography or the technology of communication? The film seeks to answer these questions.”
Can’t wait to see how they answer these questions! Here’s the official movie trailer: