Pinewood Studios – A Brief History
Saw an article on Variety and just had to blog it about it (I’m not usually subject to this sort of spontaneous blogging) and this also seems to have coincided with me watching The Spy Who Loved Me, one of my favourite Bond films.
I’m a big fan of anything to do with British cinema and film history (even my University dissertation was about British cinema in the 1930’s) so it’s great to see the piece below written on Pinewood Studios! See below for a snippet of the article and follow the link at the bottom to see the full and original chronology. Accompanying the chronology are two more articles which contain more information on Pinewood Studios, including an article entitled Sites on the future, and the lay of the land, an overview of Pinewood.
I’m hoping this short blog will also link to another one I will hopefully be writing over the summer about Pinewood and Shepperton, both amazing studios! Stay tuned and hope you enjoy!
From Liz to Bond and beyond
A look back on the history of Pinewood Studios
Builder Charles Boot acquires Heatherden Hall, once the country home of Canadian financier Lt. Col. Grant Morden, and plans a film studio to rival Hollywood’s best. Industrialist J. Arthur Rank joins the £1 million project.
Rank, producer John Corfield and Henrietta Yule — founders of the British National Films Co. — become owner-operators of Pinewood. Yule would later sell her shares to Rank while Corfield would eventually resign from its board of directors.
Pinewood Studios opens. The keynote speech of Leslie Burgin, member of parliament, parliamentary secretary to the London Board of Trade, emphasizes the “British government’s interest in the progress of the British film industry” (Daily Variety, Oct. 15).
Pinewood Studios merges with Denham Film Studios, founded by producer Alexander Korda.
“Black Narcissus,” set high in the Himalayas but shot primarily at Pinewood, is the first of two masterpieces shot at the facility by the filmmaking team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger. They would later make “Red Shoes” (1948) there.
The rest of the article continues below on the Variety website!
Tags: Alexander Korda, British Cinema, Denham Film Studios, Ealing Studios, Emeric Pressburger, Gaumont, History, J Arthur Rank, James Bond, Michael Balcon, Michael Powell, Pinewood, Shepperton, The Rank Organisation, The Spy Who Loved Me