The Elstree Project films with actress Barbara Windsor MBE

On April 17th, The Elstree Project team, including Paul Welsh MBE and Bob Redman from Elstree Screen Heritage, and Howard Berry, Kim Akass and three students from the BA (Hons) Film and Television programme in the School of Creative Arts, spent a day filming at both Elstree Studios and BBC Elstree Centre with actress Barbara Windsor MBE.

The morning was spent recording links and voice-over narration for a new documentary, commissioned by the BFI, for the centenary of filmmaking in Borehamwood this year.  The documentary, titled From Borehamwood to Hollywood, has been written and directed by Howard Berry, Senior Lecturer in Post-Production, and features exclusive interviews with Sir Roger Moore, Walter Murch, Steven Spielberg, Christiane Kubrick, Brian Blessed and a large number of crew members from productions in the studios of Elstree and Borehamwood.  The School of Creative Arts research department and Media Research Group have been supporting the production of the film, in partnership with Elstree Screen Heritage.

In the afternoon, the crew visited the BBC EastEnders set, and filmed an oral history interview with Miss Windsor about her work at Elstree.  The interview, conducted by Paul, was the 50th oral history recording undertaken since the project began in 2010, and was filmed in front of the fictional Walford East Tube Station, by kind permission of the BBC.

Photo by Ila Desai / iwastherephotography

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