Created on 22 April 2016

Sixteen Hundred Films now on line and almost Sixty Thousand comparative Photos.

Quite apart from the nostalgic pleasures of revisiting, reviewing and reacquainting ourselves with old and older films, past times, remembered places and departed people, the social value of capturing the changes to our townscapes is becoming more and more relevant and important as the speed of inter-city change increases.

Dave Wilson’s voyage of discovery around the streets of Plymouth, in Remembrance, shows how commercial premises are rapidly changing. Canterbury’s centre, recorded in A Canterbury Tale, is undergoing its third rebuild since the destruction of the 1940’s. Even the sweet shop in Abbotts Langley has gone, no wonder a Dark Shadow was cast. Amongst all this destruction, desecration, upgrading, or urban renewal, the ordinary streets often remain. These real streets, usually ignored by planners, businesses, tourists and visitors are the heart and soul of almost all communities and they have an existing time-line from the moment of their inception and building, up until today. The Welsh cottages built well over a century ago for miners and steel workers, which are shown in Twin Town, where Swansea and Port Talbot appear. The Rugby terraces which housed the workers on the railways; Payroll only, unhappily shows a bridge and a factory: all main train lines used to pass through this midlands town. The ship builders of Liverpool where Brezhnev’s letter was written and the dock workers of east London still retain many descendants of the earlier families; Alf Garnet and the Krays amongst them; there are numerous families with unbroken occupational histories. These are the real streets and real people still live in them. They change but slowly, but change they do and these changes are often unrecorded graphically by historians.

ReelStreets is succeeding in recording many of these locations of lesser national or historic importance, and these are the often less than glamorous roads which, in many cases, go unrecorded, but with your help we are finding the obscure places where films were made, and where real people still live.

Keep these pics coming in, the site is gaining in strength and popularity, recent statistics show that we receive some 65,000 hits every DAY! Which is about 1,700 visits, with about 14,000 pages viewed EVERY DAY. So, we must be doing something right. Please help us to continue by sending in VHS tapes or DVDs, of films we haven’t got, or pulling the stills, or finding and photographing the locations or even, dare I say it, by sending in a few sovereigns.

Happy viewing.

 
Created on 04 April 2016

Latest Locations Identified

Another excellent week for contributions, thank you all once again, your interest is really appreciated.

Omen, The 024 – Dave Wilson

Dirty Dozen, The 010 – Mike Lewis

Omen, The 012a – Ken Parker

Soapbox Derby (CFF) 041 and 042 – KM

Nobody Runs Forever 011 – Celia Lunn

Ninth Gate, The 026 – Simon Garrity

Knack, The 014 to 016 and 024 – Roland-François Lack

Salvage Gang, The (CFF) 017 - Roland-François Lack

Missionary, The 002 – Alex White

 
Created on 31 March 2016

A Blog from "The Guv'nor"

Dave Wilson played a blinder with Jabberwocky, 31 “thens” and 31 “nows”....full house. Well done that man!  And he threw in a bit of humour, “hope he doesn’t make a habit of it”, ho, ho, as well as some technical knowledge, efflorescence.......indeed.

Thanks Dave.

 
Created on 23 March 2016

Locations, Memories and Information

Firstly, a very Happy Easter to you all. The year is certainly moving on at a pace and thank you for filling our "Inboxes" and keeping us busy. We cannot go into the Easter Holiday without bringing to your attention a very "mixed bag" this week.

Scamp, The 001, 005/006, 011 and 015 – Ian McGreevy

Good Time Girl 006 and 007 – Peter

Hell Drivers – Yvonne Johnsons' fathers memories as a camera operator. We understand that there could well be more to come.

So Well Remembered 006 and 008, a confirmation – John Hudson

Scoop 024 and 025 – Dave Wilson

Day in the Life of Joe Egg, A 013 – Information from Andrew Lynch

Mr Jolly Lives Next Door 021 – Joe McNally

That’s Your Funeral 023 to 025 – Aaron Gray

We really appreciate all information, stories and anecdotes that come our way relating to films whether relating to films on our Site or as encouragement to incorporate into our "must acquire" list.

Happy Easter!

 

 

 
Created on 15 March 2016

Locations Update

Just in case you were thinking that we had been short of "eagle eyed" contributors here is a list to keep you busy:

Dirty Dozen, The 003 – Ian McGreevy

Gentle Sex, The 004 and 005 – William Shelford

Fish Called Wanda, A  060 – Matthew Crowther

That’s Your Funeral 005a – Ben Walker

Go To Blazes 007 to 010 – Ian McGreevy

Without a Clue 012 and 013 - Steve G

Americanisation of Emily, The 010 and 011 – Carol

Ghost Camera, The 004e – John Doel

80,000 Suspects 034 – Chris Bracey

Charlie Bubbles 010 and 011 – Ian McGreevy

Martha, Meet Frank etc 012 – Dave Wilson

Thank you all once more for your observations and taking the trouble to keep us informed.

 
Created on 10 March 2016

Can you help?

Paul Tinman, like many others, has an appreciation of the film Innocent Sinners (1958) and is trying to research the lives of the two child actors who played the main characters; June Archer as Lovejoy Mason and Christopher Hay as Tip Malone. The two really talented young actors apparently 'disappeared' without trace shortly after that film. June Archer appeared once more in Spare The Rod (1961) and Christopher Hey appeared in the Jimmy Edwards farce Whacko.

Quite rightly Paul wonders why they didn't go on to long dramatic careers for they had the ability, especially June, who was only 14 in Sinners, so she would be about 70 now. 

Are you able to help with any information as to what happened to either of these two talented young stars? Please get in touch with us if you can and we will forward all information on to Paul.

 

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