To mark the 100th Anniversary of Ealing Studios, an Ealing Film Festival is currently screening six classic Ealing films (Whisky Galore!, Passport to Pimlico, The Lavender Hill Mob, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Man in the White Suit and The Ladykillers) nationally and throughout London’s West End via UGC Cinemas (telephone 0870-907-0716 for advance booking in central London). [Also, the NFT will be screening an Alec Guinness season throughout October - more news on this as it comes in].
Activity surrounding the anniversary will include the Channel 4 Ealing Season, a week-long screening programme with each film introduced by a high-profile film figure (Daniel Day Lewis, Mike Meyers, Martin Scorcese and others) influenced by the studio’s work. A specially commissioned Ealing documentary will also be broadcast with Film Four screening the season the following week. Channel 4 will also re-launch the book ’Forever Ealing’, an insightful look at the workings of the world-famous studios.
Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the world famous studio, Warner Home Video is set to launch the Ealing Comedy DVD Collection on 2nd September 2002, a stunning new set of four of the studio’s greatest cinematic masterpieces. The Ladykillers, Kind Hearts and Coronets, The Man in the White Suit and The Lavender Hill Mob will be available exclusively as a lavishly packaged, fold out DVD set at the excellent price of £39.99.
The magnetism of Ealing Studios attracted some of the greatest British performers of the time including Alec Guinness, Herbert Lom and Peter Sellers in The Ladykillers. Dennis Price and Joan Greenwood joined Alec Guinness in Kind Hearts and Coronets and Stanley Holloway and Sid James teamed with him in The Lavender Hill Mob. The collection comprises sterling classics - all four films are exemplary titles that appear in the BFI Top 100 list of Favourite British Films. No other films have since captured the unique black humour of the British to such devastating and hilarious results.
This beautiful fold out DVD set includes four artcards containing the original theatrical poster artwork that will bolster the status of any DVD collection.