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play your clips on the site, what can I do?
the history of the site. The short answer is I have a love for british film
and cinema - also for things British I guess.
- So that’s
a good question. I have defined British movies either as:
in Britain with
a British budget
and strongly influenced by British directors and / or producers
with an important part of British culture or history
not saying they’re not great actors, they’re just
not comparable FOR ME with some of the actors I have listed. Remember cinema
is art and art is subjective. I have focused on the actors I really enjoy
I should also say here that there are some 'good' british actors who I strongly
dislike and they will never appear.
- I felt
it was important to create a resource that would provide information on some
of our less famous actors. In some of these cases I have pulled together research
from the internet and obviously conducted my own secondary research.
- They are
excellent actors but I took a deliberate decision to limit the actors to people
mainly born before 1950, the two exceptions were Ralph Fiennes and Kenneth
Branagh who were simply too important to leave out. Also Kenneth was born
in Northern Ireland!
they have made some excellent films and many of the actors included here are
not simply in for the amount of US or British Academy Awards. Many of these
actors are heroes in their own right and fought in one / other or both of
the world wars. Their generation were certainly more honourable than much
of the current trash we see today. Some actors also made significant contributions
to theatre such as Anthony Quayle.
- Well they
didn’t just do those movies…but lets assume they
did. Those movies ran for 20 years with massive success and became iconic
in terms of British culture. I would loved to have
included more of these ‘Carry On’ actors but time constraints would just not
allow it. In their own right Sid and Kenneth made massive contributions to
both British cinema revenue and cultural development in their own right.
right but they became British citizen. South Africa was still
a colony then and, as something that was once said of the Rhodesians, can
equaled be applied to South Africans at that time - ‘They’re more British
than the British’
- Ok so
I couldn’t do them all. Unfortunately I have a demanding and busy life and
so the site will be developed to include a wider range of classic British
films. So my list currently reflects the important ones to me, even if they
don’t (and some don’t) match the technical and subjective criteria that could
be applied to the films above.
screen captures (sue me)
deliberately took a decision not to steal from other sites. If you find a
graphic taken from your site (firstly I’ll be VERY surprised) then I’ll take
it off and you will have my abject apologies.
- I conducted
fairly extensive research. I have many of the biographies and autobiographies.
I decide not to include awards and a comprehensive list of the films that
these actors were in. IMDB is good at this and I wanted to add something new
to the internet rather than re-create a wheel.
this link to a good online psychiatrist
- You need
FLASH and it can be found HERE...only
takes a minute
actors by my definition are those born inside Great Britain and Northern Ireland
(The United Kingdom). I have made a few exceptions (notably Peter O'Toole) because
I like him and he's too important to leave out.
felt it necessary to disclude some actors because (although born here) moved
to somewhere else and really took no interest in British film or theatre from
that point. For example Cary Grant.
may need Divx codecs - these help Windows Media play some clips...they can be
found by following this link
just download and install them - the clips should then play...
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