Guided Walk on the Film & Television Heritage Trail

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In 1996 when the British Film Institute decided to celebrate the Centenary of Cinema in the UK it provided over 200 commemorative plaques across the UK. Our unique film heritage was recognised when the Town Council was awarded 18 of these plaques. Most of these were unveiled in 1996; since then the Town Council has awarded another 6 plaques, and new heritage panels are added every year.

To encourage local residents as well as visitors to take pride in our film and television heritage, under the “First Impressions” project each plaque has been moved to make it easier to read and mounted on a heritage panel with added information about the recipient.

We now invite you to join us at 10:00 on Sunday 29th May at Elstree & Borehamwood train station for a guided tour of the Heritage Trail.
Paul Welsh will lead the tour and it is absolutely free!

This walk is sponsored by Hertfordshire’s “Countryside Management Group” and is part of their County-wide “Year of Walking”.

To book your place simply visit their website
www.hertsdirect.org/walkingfestival

For more information please email us at
contact@elstreescreenheritage.org
or phone 0208 953 2903 and leave a message.

See you on the 29th !

 

Vote For A Star!

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In 1996 when the British Film Institute decided to celebrate the Centenary of Cinema in the UK it provided over 200 commemorative plaques across the UK. Our unique film heritage was recognised when the Town Council was awarded 18 of these plaques. Most of these were unveiled in 1996; since then the Town Council has awarded another 6 plaques, and new heritage panels are added every year.

To encourage local residents as well as visitors to take pride in our film and television heritage, under the “First Impressions” project each plaque has been moved to make it easier to read and mounted on a heritage panel with added information about the recipient.

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Now you can help decide who should be honoured on the next heritage panel by voting for the star of your choice from the list below.

Voting will close on 13th May, 2016. To vote, simply visit the Borehamwood Times website.

If you prefer, you can:

  • Send an email to contact@elstreescreenheritage.org
  • Phone 0208 953 2903 and leave a message
  • Or send a letter to the Town Council offices at:
  • Fairway Hall, Brook Close
  • Borehamwood
  • Hertfordshire
  • WD6 5BT

And now, the four candidates are:

isDOCSDCJSA.     Sir Tom Jones

(Whose international career was launched by a series of television specials shot at ATV Borehamwood in the late 1960s)

isB.    Audrey Hepburn

(Oscar-winning star who was discovered by Elstree Studios and went on to become a screen legend and famous humanitarian)

indiana_jones_1-1C.    Harrison Ford

(Star of the original “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” movies filmed at Elstree Studios in the 1970s and 1980s)

Julie Andrews and KermitD.    Dame Julie Andrews

(Made TV specials at ATV and filmed at MGM British and Elstree Studios)

 

This is your chance to help to choose, but remember, voting will close on 13 th May, 2016.

The perfect solution to your Christmas gift problem !!

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As the world braces itself for the new Star Wars film we’ve assisted Joss Walker and her team at the library at 96 Shenley Road in setting up a special Star Wars display.

As well as Darth Vader and C3PO the display features “Stars And Wars”. Not restricted to Alan Tomkin’s work on “The Empire Strikes Back”, this book covers his extraordinary career as an Art Director.

Love film? You’ll love this very special book, and we still have a few copies signed by the author.

To buy your copy simply visit our page under PUBLICATIONS devoted to “Stars And Wars”

Worried about late delivery? We’ll deliver within 5 miles of Elstree & Borehamwood, “the epicentre of UK film and television”

Remembering Jim Henson

For over 100 years Elstree & Borehamwood has been home to the British film industry and today its film and television studios are busier than for many years. Through its Film and Television Heritage Trail the town recognises the contribution of the many individuals who have helped create our unique legacy.

On 16th October the 26th heritage panel was added to the Heritage Trail, celebrating the many contributions of Jim Henson, creator of “The Muppets” as well as feature-length films (including “The Great Muppet Caper”, “The Dark Crystal” and “Labyrinth”).

Former colleagues gathered last Friday to share their memories of the man they still value as an inspirational creative leader but also a close friend. Martin Baker first met “The Muppets” while working
as a Floor Manager at ATV and has since produced a variety of Muppet-based films and TV shows.

Martin lead the tributes, followed by Louise Gold, the only English “Muppeteer” Writer and Producer Jocelyn Stevenson added her own tributes and BAFTA award-winner and Prop Master Barry Wilkinson described working on “Labyrinth”.

This latest addition to the Heritage Trail was co-sponsored by Elstree & Borehamwood Town Council and its Youth Council. Mayor Richard Butler spoke of his surprise that Borehamwood had been home to “The Muppet Show” while Youth Council Chair Jackie Warman testified to the power of Jim Henson’s creations
to win new fans.

On behalf of Elstree Screen Heritage and the First Impressions Project Paul Welsh lead a crowd of well-wishers to unveil the panel which stands opposite McDonalds as a permanent reminder of the enduring legacy of Jim Henson.

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To see more photos of the unveiling please visit the Events Gallery

Celebrating the 60th Anniversary of “The Dam Busters”

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Of all the war films produced in the post-war period,                            “The Dam Busters” is probably  the most iconic and                              best known today.

On Saturday 31st October an excited audience  gathered                       at The Ark Community Theatre to celebrate with Elstree             Screen Heritage the 60th anniversary of this Elstree classic.

Made in Borehamwood at ABPC (Associated British Picture Corporation, now  Elstree Studios), the film                                was finally released in May 1955.  To help recreate                                 the mood  of the premiere screening the theatre was               decorated with pennants and a red carpet.

Even better, a full Lancaster crew of seven welcomed Mayors Worster and Butler  of the Councils of Hertsmere and Elstree & Borehamwood and the rest of the audience.

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For more photos of the evening please visit our Events Gallery for “The Dam Busters”

Our most special guests were Brian Osborne and Kelvin Pike, two members of the  film crew of “The Dam Busters”. Its Director, Michael Anderson, now in his 90s  and living in Canada, sent a message read out by Paul Welsh, Chair of Elstree  Screen Heritage: “I will be thinking of you all, and wishing I were there  to experience this great moment and he many memories it recalls”

Paul also read an anecdote from Michael describing how the first Lancaster flypast  almost took the top off an aircraft hangar,                 a moment which the audience recognised  minutes later during       the screening.

As Kelvin Pike said, it was “a super evening, fantastic, with real period atmosphere”.

Here’s to many more celebrations of the films of the studios of Elstree & Borehamwood.

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A unique souvenir is still available, the Lincolnshire Lancaster
Association’s 100-page glossy magazine, for only £4.00 plus P+P

 

BACK ON THE BIG SCREEN !!!!! “The Dam Busters”

Of all the war films produced in the post-war period, “The Dam Busters” is probably
the most iconic and best known today. On Saturday 31st October an excited audience
gathered at The Ark Community Theatre to celebrate with Elstree Screen Heritage
the 60th anniversary of this Elstree classic.

Made in Borehamwood at ABPC (Associated British Picture Corporation, now
Elstree Studios), the film was finally released in May 1955.To help recreate the mood
of the premiere screening the theatre was decorated with pennants and a red carpet.

Even better, a full Lancaster crew of seven welcomed Mayors Worster and Butler
of the Councils of Hertsmere and Elstree & Borehamwood and the rest of the audience.

Our most special guests were Brian Osborne and Kelvin Pike, two members of the
film crew of “The Dam Busters”. Its Director, Michael Anderson, now in his 90s
and living in Canada, sent a message read out by Paul Welsh, Chair of Elstree
Screen Heritage: “I will be thinking of you all, and wishing I were there
to experience this great moment and he many memories it recalls”

Paul also read an anecdote from Michael describing how the first Lancaster flypast
almost took the top off an aircraft hangar, a moment which the audience recognised
minutes later during the screening.

As Kelvin Pike said, it was “a super evening, fantastic, with real period atmosphere”.

Here’s to many more celebrations of the films of the studios of Elstree & Borehamwood.

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A unique souvenir is still available, the Lincolnshire Lancaster
Association’s 100-page glossy magazine, for only £4.00 plus P+P

To buy posters, mugs and other items with the Dam Buster image
of your choice go to www.studiocanalstore.co.uk

To claim your 30% discount before 18th November quote discount code “DamBusters”

A VERY SPECIAL CONCERT …… AND IT’S FREE !!!!!

Alexandra Palace, or “Ally Pally” as it’s better known,
is holding an Open House on 19th and 20th September.

The world’s first regular high definition service was
inaugurated at Ally Pally by the BBC on 2nd November 1936.

100 years ago people interned in Ally Pally during the
First World War formed an orchestra.

On Saturday 19th September the BBC Concert Orchestra,
together with the Haringey Young Musicians, will be
performing from 18:00 until 20:00 and tickets are FREE !!!!

To claim your tickets and get a chance to visit one of
North London’s greatest attractions just follow this link:

http://www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/internee-concert/

Announcing “Stars And Wars” by Art Director Alan Tomkins

An early member of The Elstree Project, Alan has just written his book “Stars And Wars”, a celebration of his career of more than 50 years in British as well as Hollywood cinema.

Oscar-nominated for his work on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Alan also applied his artistic talents to “2001: A Space Odyssey”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Battle of Britain”, “Memphis Belle” and many many more iconic films.

On 18th July Alan signed copies of his book at 96 Shenley Road, the Borehamwood Community Centre, and now you too can purchase a copy for just £20 plus Postage and Packing. Interested? Just visit the page on “Stars And Wars” under PUBLICATIONS.

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