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Holmfirth Hollywood (2006)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary  -  5 June 2006 (UK)
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This docudrama tells the story of how James Bamforth, a painter and decorator from the small West Yorkshire town of Holmfirth, became a major player in the film-making business before the first Hollywood studio opened in 1911.

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Complete credited cast:
Tim Goodman ...
James Bamforth
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Edwin Bamforth
Claire Cordier ...
Bamforth
Mark Dalton ...
Sean Douglas ...
Mark Young ...
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Character in Reenactments (as Chris Dingli)
Ashley George ...
Matt Houlihan ...
Yolanda McCabe ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Derek Bamforth ...
Himself - Grandson of James Bamforth
Christopher Beardsell ...
Himself
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Himself - Narrator (voice)
Peter Bullock ...
Himself
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This docudrama tells the story of how James Bamforth, a painter and decorator from the small West Yorkshire town of Holmfirth, became a major player in the film-making business before the first Hollywood studio opened in 1911.

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As of 2006, 13 films produced by Bamforth Studios are known to still exist. See more »

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Truly Funny
28 July 2007 | by (Florida) – See all my reviews

Brilliant writing for a documentary on early film, coupled with clever staging, judicious use of rare early film clips, appropriate music, and a flair for comedy that's almost Monty Pythonian in style, Holmfirth Hollywood is truly funny and enjoyable on multiple levels: whether your interest is simply seeing some of the first films Britain produced or whether you are approaching the documentary from solely an educational viewpoint you will be pleased with the end result in any case.

I have a friend in Britain who sent me this show on PAL DVD-R and I enjoyed it thoroughly on my region free player. I wish these shows on BBC4 could be shown on BBC America here in the States. This one, and other excellent documentaries produced by the same channel like Silent Britain, Edwardians in Color, or Friese-Greene, are outstanding - fun times combined with education! What a concept! Just one afterthought though: one of the jokes in the script is about "if Hitchcock had had a son and put him before the camera". Someone should have done a little checking because although Hitch didn't have a son he DID have a daughter, and he certainly did put HER before the camera (Strangers On A Train, for one).


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