We visit the house used for THE L-SHAPED ROOM, Bryan Forbes goes back to the farm used for WHISTLE DOWN THE WIND etc. Sidney J Furie on his LEATHER BOYS and THE IPCRESS FILE. We follow the rise of the Bonds and Carry Ons ... and we see Rita Tushingham and Lynn Redgrave on their '60s hits (Lester's THE KNACK which makes me feel 19 again, GEORGY GIRL etc) and Murray Melvin back at A TASTE OF HONEY ...
The Oscar-winning runaway success of TOM JONES in '63 (it was still playing when I arrived in April 1964) allowed Tony Richardson a free hand to make those loss-making films with Jeanne Moreau (MADEMOISELLE, THE SAILOR FROM GIBRALTAR - cult classics in some quarters now, like those Losey/Burtons also failures at the time) and then the commercially disasterous, expensive THE CHARGE OF THE LIGHT BRIGADE - a movie I liked, we loved those Hussar uniforms in 1968, and its a perfectly '60s take on the hypocrisy of that Victorian era, with that great cast - but the mass audience stayed away as they did from other United Artists films made in England then, like CHARLEY BUBBLES, ISADORA, THE BOFORS GUN, movies I remember seeing, after Time magazine discovered the swinging city, American money was financing this British new wave. Critic Alexander Walker covered this territory too in his many books.
|Hemmings's reflection watching BLOW-UP|
|James Fox back at the PERFORMANCE house|