The Flying Scotsman is something of a historical artifact, being the first full-length British film to feature sound. It was made by British International Pictures, though distributed by Warner Bros, who had of course made and released 1927′s The Jazz Singer, which was the first talkie to make its way onto the big screen. In
Along with Alfred Hitchcock’s Blackmail (1929), The Flying Scotsman symbolises a benchmark in British filmmaking and is both a fascinating watch for fans of historical cinema from the UK and those who are interested in the industry’s transition to sound.
Bob White (Moore Marriott) is the driver of the high-speed steam train The Flying Scotsman.
The Flying Scotsman tells the story of the imminently retiring Bob White (Moore Marriott), an engine driver of the elite Flying Scotsman express that has run daily between London and Edinburgh since 1862. On the day before his last run, White reports his stoker Crow (Alec Hurley) for drinking on duty, an action that results in Crow's instant dismissal. The film's momentum is built through anticipation of Crow's explicitly declared vengeance against White and replacement stoker Jim Edwards (Ray Milland).
Meanwhile, a chance encounter at a party leads to a blossoming relationship between
Synopsis: Arguably the first full length British feature film to use sound (most likely this was added later, in 1930), The Flying Scotsman features daredevil stunts performed on the real eponymous locomotive (that serviced the London to Edinburgh route), and the screen debut of Ray Milland (The Lost Weekend, Dial M For Murder, Markham).
The day before he is due to retire an old engine-driver (Moore Marriott) reports his stoker, Crow (Alec Hurley), for drunkenness. The man is discharged and threatens to make trouble. As the train is leaving on the driver’s last run, Crow boards it, followed by the driver’s daughter Joan (Pauline Johnson). During
There was something extra-terrestrial about the character actor Graham Crowden, who has died aged 87 – a mix of the ethereal eccentricity of Ralph Richardson and the Scottish lunacy and skewiff authoritarianism of Alastair Sim. He specialised in portraying doctors, lawyers or teachers in a satirical way.
Crowden was a tall, red-haired, serious and sometimes professionally diffident man – he turned down the opportunity of succeeding Jon Pertwee as the fourth Doctor Who, remarking that working with a lot of Daleks did not sound like much fun. He had a tremendous stage presence, always moving with an emphatic, loping gait.
Despite his eminence in plays at the Royal Court and the National Theatre, where he introduced roles in works by Nf Simpson and Tom Stoppard, and in films directed by Lindsay Anderson, he did not become widely familiar until
Seyfriend couldn't officially confirm that she was signed on to The Girl with the Red Riding Hood (after accidentally slipping up and mentioning it to Ryan Seacrest at the Oscars), but she was happy to discuss Nobbs, which sounds equally interesting.
"[Close] cast me in it to play her love interest ... and it's f*cking amazing.
Set around a luxury hotel in Dublin in the 19th century, the "Gosford Park"-esque drama has Glenn Close reprising her award-winning stage role of a woman who impersonates a man to survive.
Michael Gambon, Orlando Bloom and Janet McTeer also star in the project which Rodrigo Garcia ("Mother and Child") will direct. Close and John Banville adapted the script from author George Moore's short story.
Close, Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn will produce. Filming kicks off this June in Dublin.
Close has adapted the script from the short story by Irish author George Moore with author John Banville, and the film will follow roughly the same plot as the play, that being of a woman who must pass as a man to survive life in 19th century Ireland.
Other cast members include Michael Gambon, Orlando Bloom and Janet McTeer.
The film begins shooting in Dublin this June.
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Bettany and Sewell Join The Tourist: Paul Bettany and Rufus Sewell have joined the cast of The Tourist starring Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie for Lives of Others helmer Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. The film is already shooting in Venice, Italy and revolves around Frank (Depp), an American tourist visiting Italy to mend a broken heart. Elise (Jolie) is an extraordinary woman who deliberately crosses his path. Frank pursues a potential
Glenn Close is returning to her award-winning stage role as a woman who tries to pass as a man to survive in 19th century Ireland. She is also producing. In addition to this, Close adapted the script that is based on the short story by author George Moore with author John Banville.
Michael Gambon and Janet McTeer have also come aboard this project.
Close picked up an Obie Award in 1983 playing the character in Simone Benmussa's Off Broadway version of "The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs."
Albert Nobbs begins production in June in Dublin.
Glenn Close will play a woman in 1880s Dublin who disguises herself as a man for economic gain in a big screen adaptation of Simone Benmussa's The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs. Close won an Obie award for best actress when she starred in a production of the same play in New York in 1982.
Close has helped adapt the script and will also take a producer's credit. Colombian-born film-maker Rodrigo Garcia is directing, with other cast members said to include Orlando Bloom, Michael Gambon and Janet McTeer.
"I believe in this story and its potential to take everyone on a sensuous, funny, heart-breaking ride," Close said of the project, which will go into production in the summer. The original play was itself
The actress played Nobbs in the costume drama in 1982 and won an Obie Award for her brief off-Broadway stage stint.
She's now working on the George Moore tale and has recruited Orlando Bloom, Michael Gambon, and Janet McTeer to join her in the film version.
Filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia will direct the project, which is set to start shooting in July. Close will also produce the film.
The plot revolves around a 19th Century Irish woman who disguises herself as a man in order to make a success of her life.
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