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FILMS & FILMING - UK Production List :1955

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          • #35
            More valuable and marvellous stuff, Stephen, from an era in which I am particularly interested. Many thanks for doing this.


            • #36
              Thanks Stephen

              Very interesting as always.


              • #37
                I don't know if this is of interest to anyone here. I found it here:

                Shooting by the sea

                At a time when the American cinema was rapidly blossoming, with crowds flocking to see Chaplin, Bunny and Mabel Normand, British pioneers were busy trying all sorts of ways to establish a home-grown film industry.
                On the south coast, in 1913, scenery painter Francis Lyndhurst tried his luck by using part of Shoreham Castle as a movie location. Although a little windswept, Lyndhurst regarded the location as favourable mainly because of the daylight quality and the seclusion, and he used his knowledge of scenery and sets to construct a passable outdoor studio. Much the same idea was used in the USA by the likes of Sennett, Edison and Roach. Because of the location and light quality he called his production company Sealite.
                The production methods and organisation must have been strange because all but one of the studio's pictures were released in December 1914.
                They were: Tincture of Iron, The Showman's Dream, The Jockey, Moving A Piano and Building a Chicken House all starring comedian Will Evans and Arthur Conquest. Evans also did most of the scriptwriting, not a speciality of Lyndhurst, who also directed the movies.
                It must have met with some success, as in 1915 Lyndhurst had a studio built of glass, further along the beach. It was a solution to the weather problems whilst retaining the daylight, that George Melies had found in Paris 20 years earlier, but then Melies was first with everything.
                The glass studio produced only one film, A Man And A Woman, released in 1916, after which Lyndhurst was bankrupted.
                The studio resulted in precious little as film heritage, except perhaps (and with some stretch of the imagination) "moving a piano was of course the subject of the Oscar-winning short film by Laurel and Hardy, some 25 years later.
                And - oh yes - there is the family legacy too...the popular British actor Nicholas Lyndhurst is the movie pioneer's grandson.


                • Anthony McKay
                  Anthony McKay commented
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                  I believe Britain had an established, wonderful, innovative and successful home-grown film industry prior to 1914.

              • #38
                Note the spelling of Terence Fisher's surname in the article on Bray Studios production (post 32).


                • #39
                  If anyone goes to Shoreham,near Brighton,visit the museum.It has a display about film making on the South Coast prior to World War 1.