Sunday, November 15, 2009

"The Gelignite Gang", Brighton Film Studios

Back in 2006 we had a blog from an enthusiast relating to the film "The Gelignite Gang", and, three years later one of our readers has found the film, which was made at the Brighton studios, and kindly sent us a copy. Lots of excellent streets scenes, now waiting to be grabbed and loaded, of Kemp Town, a suburb on the east side of Brighton. Is this the Kemp Town of the "races", doo dah, doo dah dey We wonder?

Eric Pohlmann is the only remembered name from the film, one of those faces you know, and one of those names you don't, he made more than two hundred films and appeared in Hot Enough for June and The Third Man.

The production company Brighton Film Studios was founded in 1945. Between 1948 (Timothy Carder's Encyclopaedia of Brighton says 1954) and 1966 it occupied St Nicholas's Parish Rooms, a large red-brick building of 1880 in St Nicholas Road, which had previously been auction rooms.

Between 1949 and 1964 at least a dozen feature films—mainly crime and thrillers and usually released as B features, supporting more prestigious productions—were made by Brighton Film Studios and a number of others made use of the facilities. It was also used to shoot television commercials in the early days of ITV.

It again became an auction house after the studio closed and was later converted into flats.