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Tuesday 19 October 2010

‘Television has become the enemy of creativity’

Ken Loach made the keynote speech at the 54th BFI London Film Festival. He said television has become the ‘enemy of creativity’.

Filed under: The media,TV & film — GS @ 11:28 pm
Monday 4 October 2010

BBC Archive: the Gay Rights Movement Collection

BBC Archive page about the gay rights movementThe BBC Archive has put together a terrific page with 30 audio and video recordings about the ‘gay rights’ movement. They span more than 40 years — from 1957 to 2009.

Quite a number are complete programmes that are more than 25 minutes long.

What a great resource.

Filed under: Gay,History,LGBT,TV & film — GS @ 6:09 pm
Saturday 10 April 2010

Hell Is A City – the 50th anniversary of the Manchester-based crime thriller

Fifty years ago today, on 10th April 1960, the premiere of the film Hell Is A City took place at the Apollo cinema in Ardwick. (more…)

Filed under: Manchester,TV & film — GS @ 1:36 am
Saturday 5 December 2009

Mork and Mindy’s offensive landlord

In 1978 I was a teenager and one afternoon switched on the local ITV channel — Tyne Tees — at about 5.15pm to watch the US sitcom Mork and Mindy. However I nearly fell off my chair when it turned out that the episode was all about their evil landlord who was called ‘Arnold Wanker’.

Although a Wikipedia page about the word claims that the show was severely edited by ITV when it was shown (and wrongly calls him ‘Oliver’), the word certainly wasn’t cut in the north-east. I can only imagine no one at Tyne Tees had viewed the episode before screening it!

Now like many dimly-remembered shows from years gone by it has turned up on YouTube.

Filed under: Fun,TV & film — GS @ 6:05 am
Saturday 30 May 2009

A camp cowboy in a Stan Laurel film from 1923

I’ve always been a huge fan of Laurel and Hardy.

This week I found a silent film that Stan Laurel made in 1923 called ‘The Soilers’. A camp cowboy appears regularly throughout the ten minute film. Here are two clips:

Stan grew up in and around theatres in Britain because his father was a theatre manager. Many of the characters and routines in the early days of the movies would have been inspired by variety acts in the music halls and no doubt this kind of character would have been part of that. But it’s unusual to get a glimpse on film from this period and for it play such a major part in the storyline.

Filed under: History,LGBT,Manchester,TV & film — GS @ 4:48 am
Sunday 26 April 2009

Golden Girls star Beatrice Arthur dies

Bea Arthur, who starred in the US television sitcom The Golden Girls has died of cancer at the age of 86.

As well as winning an Emmy for The Golden Girls and an earlier sitcom Maude, Bea Arthur won a Tony for the musical Mame.

In Britain The Golden Girls was something of a gay cult in the late 1980’s, when it was shown by Channel 4 and, in October 1988, the cast appeared on the Royal Variety Show at the request of the Queen Mother.

Bea Arthur at the Royal Variety Show 1988

Filed under: TV & film — GS @ 4:01 am
Sunday 19 April 2009

How the BBC plants a seed of doubt regarding G20 footage

The BBC reports on the latest video footage that has emerged, showing G20 protesters being hit by police.

The video, by Camp for Climate Action, shows IT worker Alex Cinnane being banged with a shield on the side of his head. In a second incident a man is punched in the face by a police officer.

The BBC adds: (more…)

Filed under: Politics,The media,TV & film,Video-making — GS @ 5:48 pm
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