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Park Street & Frogmore Society Talk On Hold Look Out For More information
August 18 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm£2
ELSTREE, BRITAIN’S HOLLYWOOD by Bob Redmond.
Many of the Park Street & Frogmore Society (PSFS) members, attendees and speakers are in the part of our population which is most vulnerable to the Coronavirus and having talks in the confined space of the hall, with people close together and speaking to one another would be unwise. Our Committee has therefore made the decision that at this time it would be better for the health of all those involved to postpone our programme of talks for the foreseeable future. We have cancelled the talk/PSFS AGM on the 19th May however, as it is impossible to predict where these times will take us we have informed our
speakers for the 18th August and 17th November talks of our decision and asked them to hold the dates open and we will update them as necessary if and when we decide to go ahead or cancel and rebook them in the future, we will of course keep you in the loop.
We still plan to produce our Society Journals and Newsletters and welcome new members.
Just over 100 years ago the first silent film studio in Borehamwood opened and heralded the start of what was to become known as “the Hollywood of England”. Six more studios were to follow and in the 1980’s six of the top ten grossing films worldwide had been produced in this hub of the British film industry. While those films, the Indiana Jones and Star Wars series, were American-financed it was local talent, especially in the craft skills, that made them possible.
Since the 1950’s television shows have equally played a part in using these talents.
Over the years many “dream factories” have been lost, including the MGM British
Studio and the Gate Studios, but the BBC Elstree Centre and Elstree Studios
continue to be hives of activity. “The King’s Speech”, winner of 4 Oscars,
was “Made In Elstree” as was 2014’s smash hit, “Paddington” and more recently
the award–winning series for Netflix, “The Crown”.
As retirement approached, by chance he became involved in recording the last days
of the Gate Studios, then the oldest remaining film studio in the UK. From that
experience grew a group of local volunteers, Elstree Screen Heritage. Bob is Secretary of the group, and looks forward to sharing some of his stories
of the ups and downs of film and TV-making in the various studios of Elstree