On Monday evening, Elstree Studios hosted the launch of a new book — kicking off celebrations for its 90 year anniversary next year. Co-written by Studio chairman Morris Bright and Paul Burton, the book is a lovely coffee table tome covering the many iconic productions to come from the world-renowned studio over the past 90 years. Classics, including the Hitchcock first talkie Blackmail, the exciting Moby Dick, the creepy The Shining and the adventurous Indiana Jones trilogy are all covered, along with many many more. Howard Berry, co-leader of The Elstree Project, was invited to give a tour of the studio to selected guests, and the main event included project alumni Martin G Baker and Alan Tomkins among the guests. To buy the book, visit the Elstree Studios website....Read more
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We are very sad to pass on the news of the passing of television and film producer Johnny Goodman. Johnny’s entry into the world of film and television came when he returned home from school one day, with what he described as “probably the worst exam results that have ever been published”. His father, realising that he spent more time in the cinema than studying, suggested that he should go to the local film studio and see what chances there could be for him. Johnny went to Lime Grove, Sheppard’s Bush - which would later become the BBC - and entered Gaumont British Films and Gainsborough Pictures. He was taken into the office of Albert Fennell - a very young studio manager at the time, who would later go on to produce The Avengers - and was offered a job as a page boy; and so in 1943, Johnny began work in the mail room of a film studio, with...Read more
We are so terribly sad to have learned of the death of June Randall. June may not be a household name, but she certainly deserves to be. Her career as a continuity supervisor spanned over 50 years and she worked on some of the biggest film and television productions from the 1950s to the 1990s. June originally went to work in the industry having seen an advert for Gainsborough's The Wicked Lady, and - hoping to meet James Mason - she turned up at the studio for a job. She didn't meet Mr Mason, but it was the start of a career which saw her working with some of the all-time greats of the British film industry. June's early work in continuity included Quatermass 2 with Brian Donlevy, Look Back in Anger with Richard Burton, and The Punch and Judy Man with Tony Hancock. In the early 1960s June worked on both The Saint and The Avengers at Elstree Studios,...Read more
We are very sad to have been told of the passing of Brian Clemens. Brian was one of the most prolific writers for British television, and was largely responsible for the much loved tone and style of The Avengers - especially during the iconic Emma Peel years. Brian also created The Professionals and co-created The New Avengers, as well as writing for various TV series including The Baron, The Persuaders!, The Protectors, Danger Man, The Invisible Man, Bergerac, Perry Mason and Diagnosis: Murder. Brian was also writer for many productions by Danziger's New Elstree Studios, and also wrote for Hammer films. Brian gave his support and time to The Elstree Project and is featured in our documentary film From Borehamwood to Hollywood, through clips from the oral history interview he gave to us, as well as the short documentary we made about the making of The Avengers at ABPC Studios - called Diabolical Masterminds (link). We are...Read more
Last year we arranged for both the BBC and ITV News teams to come to Borehamwood and film two television news items about our documentary and the centenary of film. Ruth Zorko for ITV London News reported in October, and Lizo Mzimba from BBC News at Six reported in November, with the broadcast taking place on the day of the public launch of the documentary. You can see them both here! ITV News: BBC News: ...Read more
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