Created on 26 November 2014

Peter's Feat

Peter has been a loyal and enthusiastic supporter of ReelStreets for several years, he has been a keen space filler, constantly and consistently providing the photographs that has helped to promote our site to its place as number one in the world of film and movie location identifiers.

We are probably all nerds, anoraks or some such, and it could be argued, as it has been, that a degree of autism or aspergers is prevalent in our psychological make-up. But then, anyone who has a passion for detail, accuracy, lists or collections is subject to a similar overall diagnosis. Aficionados of locomotive numbers, postage stamps, pharmaceutical research, family historians, investigators and anyone who has a usual or unusual interest in any subject could be so classified. Football and most types of sport, television soaps, and maybe even Agatha Christie, Maeve Binchy and Colin Dexter readers could be included. But the key question here is one of obsession or overwhelming interest. Do the football fans who spent thousands on flights and accommodation to experience the World Cup in Brasil, come into the obsessive category?

So, we need both a sense of proportion, and a sense of humour, Peter obviously has both as his recent foray into North London proved in his submission for Tube Tales. He tells us that he went up and down the escalator at the Piccadilly Line station of Southgate half a dozen times because they, Transport for London, had reversed the direction of travel. The going-down moving staircase was now going-up, and the other one was also going the “wrong” way. See what I mean about a sense of humour?

Peter plodded around the booking hall, and snapped a few more locations. He tells us, 

“Wot a laugh. Outside the station there was a miserable couple selling magazines, so I did a little dance for them. They laughed, a bit too heartily I thought. After a moment or two in a local Wetherspoons I headed back to the tube, and noticed my shoes. No wonder that they laughed."

Peter's Feat

You see what I mean about a sense of humour?

Thanks Peter for your contributions. 

John

 

 

 
Created on 20 November 2014

FILM: Checkpoint - 1956

Dave Rawsthorn has brought to our attention some interesting information concerning the factory scenes that appear in this film and is reproduced here with the kind permission of Bookmarque Publishing.

Extracted from the late John Allan's book Air Vice-Marshal Don (Pathfinder) Bennett's FAIRTHORPE Cars.

THE ATOM, FILM STAR (Page37)

Late in 1955 the factory was approached by Pinewood Studios, located some five miles down the road, who wished to borrow a few cars for a film. Using a local car manufacturer made sense and eight cars (which just happened to be lying around) were made ready. They were driven to the studios and arranged to simulate a production line in an important car factory producing a secret and very special sports car, the Volta.

The film was Checkpoint and starred Stanley Baker as the villain and Anthony Steel as the 'goody". Made at Pinewood by J Arthur Rank, it went on release in 1956. It featured some excellent racing scenes with Aston Martins and similar cars and ends with the villain getting his come-uppance, driving over a cliff edge into a lake. Purists need not worry, however, because the Aston Martin was a fibreglass replica.

Meanwhile, back at the Volta factory, Stanley Baker arrives to steal the plans for the new Volta sports car. He shoots the night watchman, despite insincere statements like "I don't really want to do this", and is seen dodging bullets behind the Atoms while making good his escape.

It was probably because of these bullets that only one Atom arrived back at the factory under its own steam. All the rest broke down and had to be towed!

 
Created on 20 November 2014

Film Locations Identified

The latest mysteries identified are:

  • Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines 018 and 021 - Chris P

  • Bitter Harvest 040 and 041 - Maureen Gibson

  • Blackout 001 to 003 - Clive Turner

  • Callan 20 to 22 - Neil Rigby

As always, thanks for your interest and the information.

 
Created on 04 November 2014

French Film Locations and French Film Festival U.K.

Nina Cangdon has just brought to our attention a project she has recently finished with Paris based filmmaker Paco Zamora, who has previously worked on different documentaries in France, South America as well as here in the U.K. The video "FilmTripping" is very "ReelStreets" but just a little more. It invites film lovers and travellers to discover the City of Light (Paris) through seven films set in Paris, showing the locations where some of the scenes were set, from the perspective of someone who explores Paris for the first time. It moves from touristic Trocadéro to the bohemian and still undiscovered Belleville, with the objective of connecting spectators with the magic of the cinema. The video, approximately two and a half minutes long can be viewed at:

FilmTripping Paris by Expedia

It is perhaps no coincidence that Nina finished the project to coincide with the launch of the annual French Film Festival in the U.K., full details of which can be found at:

http://frenchfilmfestival.org.uk/FFF2014/wp/

 
Created on 03 November 2014

More film locations spotted.

Sharp eyes and perhaps some "local knowledge" have provided us with answers to the following:

Psychomania 000, 009 and 010 - Julian Easton
Fiend Without a Face 014 - Julian Easton
Give My Regards to Broad Street 002, 003 and 016 - Paul Linton
The Fast Lady what appears to be many studio shots - Mike Garfield
That Kind of Girl 008 and 009 - Francesca Nardelli

Thank you all

 
Created on 03 November 2014

The British Council Film Collection

John has stumbled across the intriguing archive material of 120 short documentary films made by The British Council during the 1940's. They were designed to show the world how Britain lived, worked and played. They are all interesting, especially for "Senior Citizens" but John has highlighted the one entitled "London 1942" that includes an uncredited Bill Owen (at 08:45), most famous for his portrayal of the character 'Compo' in Last of the Summer Wine. This is apparently the second-oldest footage of him.

View it at http://film.britishcouncil.org/london-1942