A brand new documentary, made by TheCurators! Productions for the University of Hertfordshire, and featuring exclusive content from The Elstree Project. From Borehamwood to Hollywood: The Rise and Fall and Rise of Elstree tells the story of 100 years of filmmaking in Elstree and Borehamwood.
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From Borehamwood to Hollywood tells the story of Elstree and Borehamwood’s six film studios and the 100 year story of film-making and television production in the town.
The film features brand new interviews with cast, crew and studio staff who talk about their memories and experiences of working in the ‘British Hollywood’ on productions including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, The Saint, The Prisoner, Where Eagles Dare, The Muppet Show, The World’s End, The Dirty Dozen, The Avengers, and Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
Additional material from British Pathe and StudioCanal’s archive compliment amateur footage showing the destruction of MGM studios and the closure of Elstree Studios.
Interviewees include Sir Roger Moore – star of The Saint, Brian Blessed – from Flash Gordon, Simon Pegg – writer and actor in The World’s End, and director Steven Spielberg – who made all three original Indiana Jones films at Elstree Studios. The film is narrated by EastEnders and Carry On star Barbara Windsor.
In the film you can hear about the MGM back-lot and how the castle for Ivanhoe and the French chateau for The Dirty Dozen became landmarks, and how the cable cars were constructed for Where Eagles Dare. You can hear about the amazing Hollywood legends who filmed at ATV, and the fight to save Elstree Studios from being closed forever, including Steven Spielberg’s visit to the Houses of Parliament to petition MPs to keep the studio open.