Men of Character - Colin Gordon

July 12, 2019

British cinema of the 1950s and 1960s was suffused with managerial types, each with their unique set of reactions to the trials caused by their lower orders. Ice would regularly […]

Top Seven British Film Car Chases

June 28, 2019

These films have been carefully selected on the grounds of their capacity for excitement, drama, thrills – and whether I happen to like the cars displayed on screen. Enjoy… 7) […]

Edgar Lustgarten and The Case of The Long Dark Hall

June 21, 2019

An overwhelming sense of gimcrack seediness pervades the finest post-war British film-noirs. The Long Dark Hall is the tale of an outwardly respectable type who is impacted in the murder […]

Women of Character - Hattie Jacques

June 14, 2019

Christopher Fowler’s memoir Paperboy is essential reading for any fan of British cinema – not least for his guide to the character of a typical 1950s and 1960s British film. […]

Gonks Go Beat - once seen, never forgotten

May 31, 2019

On the 26th January 1965, the Thanet Times reported on how production was completing at Shepperton Studio on ‘the biggest explosion of reverberating beat ever to be unleashed on the teenage […]

Men of Character - Sydney Tafler

May 24, 2019

Sydney Tafler could create an instantly recognisable figure, within a few minutes of screen time. There is a sublime moment in The Lavender Hill Mob when a look of horror […]

Gonk revival anyone?

May 17, 2019

So-bad-it’s-brilliant pop musical Gonks Go Beat gets the blu-ray treatment in this brand new edition from Network. But what exactly is… or was… a Gonk? The truth has become muddled […]

ITC – Men of Mystery

May 3, 2019

ITC – Home of Low-Budget International Men of Mystery Three days after ITV commenced broadcasts on the 22nd September 1955, ATV – the franchise holder for London at the weekends […]

Queen Victoria on Film & TV

March 26, 2019

In the 1890s, when cinematography was in its infancy, Queen Victoria was one of the first monarchs to appear on film in what effectively marked the first royal newsreel. This […]