Created on 29 March 2017

The Soho a Go Go Film Festival

Our contributor friend Aiden McManus (aka Twitter's FlipLondon Tours) has drawn our attention to the forthcoming Film Festival taking place on the 29th and 30th April at the Regent Street Cinema (London) . The six films being shown explore Soho's musical heritage whilst celebrating the fast disappearing scene for which it became synonymous.  An interesting and thoroughly enjoyable line up of films to view during a weekend if you are able to get to London. A full listing and description can seen by clicking here.

 
Created on 26 March 2017

The Comic Trump

The “TRUMP” was the children’s comic that a young Harry Fowler read in the classic film “Hue and Cry”, which has nothing in common with the current incumbent of the White House, except perhaps for the comic associations, but both characters appear inspired by adventure stories and believe wholeheartedly in criminal conspiracies.

All joking, well almost all joking, aside, the film “Hue and Cry” which was shown on Saturday morning on BBC 2 contains sixty-five London locations, and most of them have been identified and re-photographed by a group of enthusiastic cineasts. These contributors have a remarkable knowledge of geographical locations, as well as the real streets which have appeared in so many wonderful films.

The City, Tower Bridge, Covent Garden, Southwark, Brent, Battersea, Kensington, Holborn, Oxford Circus, Acton, Kingsway, Ealing of course; it was an Ealing Comedy; Cannon Street, Bankside, Shepherds Bush, the East End, The Mall and probably others as well, appear in this splendid film which was made some seventy years ago. Apart from the plot and the nostalgia provided by glimpses of Jack Warner and Alastair Sim; remember them in “Blue Lamp” and “S. Trinians”, also on the “reelstreets” site; the visual record of bomb damage, vehicles, clothing, street furniture and even “speak your weight” machines, show an accurate picture of conditions in post war London, and probably much of the rest of Great Britain.

Bodies, perhaps in potato sacks, predate “Frenzy”, and escapes through the sewers may well be a harbinger for “The Third Man”, and the demise of Orson Welles. The private house and local roads which appear in the film could well be in Ealing, but are, as yet, unidentified.

The social record of life, behaviour, speech; does one still say “lovely grub” and do kids still make Red Indian war whoops; and also the moral attitudes contained in these older films, paints, in moving pictures, a canvas unequalled by a rack of shelving in the local history section of the library.

How many hundred youngsters appeared in the film? Any that are left must be in their very late eighties at least, but they all played their part in creating an unwitting testimonial to life in the real streets.

Hue and Cry, was an Ealing Studio production, with outdoor filmed locations now showing on a computer screen near you, www.reelstreets.com.

John Tunstill

 
Created on 22 March 2017

LOCAL GUIDES

Google have a scheme/system called "Local Guides" where people put up photos of interesting places taken in their local area, or in areas that they have visited.

This system, which contains space for written reviews, is seemingly viewed by hundreds of thousands of people. I launched a Local Guide entry in the summer of 2016, with many photographs and a long and damning report about a company who have acted in a most irresponsible manner. So far my entry has received some 10,000 views!

Google Local Guides offer various rewards and incentives to contributors, who, by promoting their local area through a Google service, create more viewings for the adverts that Google carry whilst at the same time bringing to the attention of the huge viewing/surfing public the interesting places that are relevant to the viewer's search.

Many of you who use Google Maps and Street View are already taking advantage of these services to identify reel streets which eventually benefit us all by being entered on this site. As this research has already been undertaken on our behalf it could well be an advantage to us for our comparative photos to be entered onto these Local Guides. Can you do this for us? Let us know of your successes and we'll once again thank you by putting your name "in lights" on our site.

Liverpool, as you will have read below, is already using the real/reel homophone, as is Melvin Bragg in his Wednesday airings on Channel Four, "The Reel History of Britain". Researchers for both entertainments will doubtless have found ReelStreets during their extensive and exhausting investigations into film and movie history.

For those of you too busy, too comfortable on your sofas or too lazy to contribute information or photos, let alone money to help support this site, keep viewing the continuous, unstinting and unselfish additions provided by our regular contributors. But, if nothing else, you could inform the world about the interesting photographic evidence we have provided and which you, without raising yourself off your couch, could add to Google Local Guides.

Happy viewing.   

John Tunstill

 
Created on 20 March 2017

Location and Information Update

Dirty Dozen, The 010 – Lewis Randall

Monty Python’s Meaning of Life 008 – Paul

Above Us the Waves 002 – Steven Oliver  - Information.

Carry on Abroad 008 – 010 - Dave Wilson – Information

Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins, The 008 – Nigel Willmott

Say Hello to Yesterday 044 – Confirmation

Elizabeth 002 – Simon Richardson

 

With thanks again to you all for taking the trouble to contact us.

 
Created on 10 March 2017

Reel Stories

Liverpool and the Silver Screen

MUSEUM of LIVERPOOL
11 March 2016 to September 2017

Free entry

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Reel Stories is a special exhibition of more than 40 original film posters and memorabilia celebrating Liverpool’s starring role in films from the past 60 years.

Liverpool is a filmmaker’s dream. It’s a city of storytellers and performers, writers and entertainers, musicians and poets.

From those first flickering pioneering days of cinema, filmmakers have been drawn to this restless and defiant city, enchanted by the millions of stories it holds, both real and imaginary. Stories of high times and hard luck, of love and hope, of dreams and heartbreak, of wrongdoing and retribution.

 

 
Created on 04 March 2017

FILM – Brief Encounter

When Peter Brown identified the re-used opening footage of Brief Encounter (1945) as the opening footage for the film Wrong Number (1959) late last month he took the opportunity to say that he had never been persuaded by the well recorded fact that it was filmed at Watford Junction. Needless to say, I couldn’t let that go without enquiring further because even if Watford Junction is popularly recorded elsewhere we here at ReelStreets like our published facts to be correct. We also accept that we are human!

As I am persuaded by Peter’s “argument”, and having done a little research myself I thought that on the basis that we have many railway workers and enthusiasts as contributors to the Website we should open up the subject for discussion and perhaps settlement.  Please click here to see the full article.

 

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