Monday, January 31, 2011

Bond composer John Barry dies aged 77

Composer John Barry, famous for his work on Born Free, Out of Africa and the James Bond films, has died in New York of a heart attack aged 77.

Born John Barry Prendergast in 1933, the York-born musician first found fame as leader of the John Barry Seven.

His arrangement of Monty Norman's James Bond theme led to him composing scores for 11 films in the series, among them Goldfinger and You Only Live Twice.

His work saw him win five Oscars, while he received a Bafta fellowship in 2005.

His most recent film score featured in the 2001 war thriller Enigma, while a musical version of Brighton Rock, created with lyricist Don Black, had its London premiere in 2004.

Black, who worked with the composer on his Born Free, Thunderball and Diamonds are Forever theme songs, said Barry remained unaffected by his international success.


· From Russia With Love
· Goldfinger
· Zulu
· Born Free
· You Only Live Twice
· The Lion in Winter
· Midnight Cowboy
· Diamonds are Forever
· Somewhere in Time
· Out of Africa
· Dances with Wolves
· Chaplin

Awarded an OBE in 1999 for his services to music, Barry was renowned for his lush strings, orchestral swells and elegant melodies.
His work found a new audience when Robbie Williams featured music from You Only Live Twice on his 1998 hit single Millennium.

Barry's first Oscars came in 1967 for his Born Free score and its iconic title theme.
More Academy Awards followed for the soundtracks he wrote for The Lion in Winter, Out of Africa and Dances with Wolves.

Barry also won four Grammys, a Bafta for The Lion in Winter and a Golden Globe for Out of Africa.

Barry, who lived in Oyster Bay, Long Island, is survived by Laurie, his wife of 33 years, his four children and five grandchildren.
Copyright BBC News

Saturday, January 29, 2011


Adopt a film or TV production, as your own. Either one of our listed “orphans”, or any other film that you know about which was made in your local area.

Find the cast and crew.

Fill in the details and the plot, on our Film Title Sheet, (which we’ll send you).

So far…………………………………………………………..10 minutes

Pull the location shots, from the film, and if we have a copy, we’ll sent it to you

Time…………………………………………………………….30 minutes

Take the comparison “now” shots, ( see our submission details, home/contact).

Maybe…………………………………………..a spare sunny afternoon

Insert your FREE advert, publicity, buying, selling, blog, opinion, critique etc., etc.

Which will run………………………………………………… 24 / 7 / 365

Contact the producers and the press office and ask for publicity material, on this and any other film that you wish to adopt.

Contact the local tourist office and chamber of commerce and ask for their help in promoting their area on our site, via the films made in your area.

Contact the local media studies groups in High School or University and encourage them to participate, there are even cash prizes for Cinema of Darkness entries.

Monday, January 24, 2011


Now, here's something you'll like, FREE TICKETS to the films listed as ORPHANS on our site.

Yes, really, a pair of tickets is up for grabs for all the Orphan films.

Do you want them?

Monday, January 17, 2011

Current and Forthcoming Movies with Locations

Will you “adopt” one of these “orphans”?

True Grit - ORPHAN, 2010, Austin, Blanco, Granger, Texas, New Mexico, USA

Little Fockers - ORPHAN, 2010, Chicago Hilton & Towers - 720 S. Michigan Avenue, Downtown, & Sheridan Ave Station, Chicago; Long Beach & Los Angeles, California, USA

The Fighter - ORPHAN, 2010, Lexington, Lowell, Massachusetts: S. Anderson St & Artemus St, Los Angeles, California, USA

Gulliver's Travels - ORPHAN, 2010, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire; Royal Naval College, Queen’s Hall & University, Greenwich, London

Black Swan - ORPHAN 2010, Bowling Green, Lower Manhattan, Broadway, Manhattan: Brooklyn Museum, Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center, Brooklyn:
Lincoln Center, New York, USA

The King's Speech – ORPHAN 2010,
Battersea Power Station, Battersea, Harley Street, Lancaster House, Portland Place, Pullens Estate; Southwark, University of Greenwich, London; Central Station, Windsor, Berkshire; Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire; Knebworth House, Stevenage, Hertfordshire; Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Burnley, Lancashire; Don Valley Stadium, Sheffield, South Yorkshire; Elland Road Stadium, Leeds, West Yorkshire, Grattan Stadium, Odsal, Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, UK

Season of the Witch - ORPHAN, 2010, Dobogóko, Pilisszentkereszt, Sóskút, Pest, Budapest, Hungary Pula, Rt Kamenjak,Istria, Croatia. Seewaldsee, St. Koloman,Tennengau, Salzburg, Totes Gebirge, Styria, Traunsee, Salzkammergut, Burg Kreuzenstein, Leobendorf, Goldegg, St. Johann im Pongau, Innsbruck, Tyrol, Austria

The Green Hornet - ORPHAN, 2011, 851 New Depot St, Bel Air, Chinatown, City Hal, 208N. Spring Street, 202 W. 1st Street, Downtown, Holmby Hills, Los Angeles; Craven Estate - 430 Madeline Avenue, Pasadena; California, Hawthorne, USA

The Dilemma - ORPHAN, 2011, Garfield Park Conservatory - 300 N. Central Park Ave., Green Mill - 4802 N. Broadway Avenue, Uptown, United Center - 1901 W. Madison Street, Near West Side, Chicago; Naperville, Illinois, USA

Barney's Version - ORPHAN, 2010, Austin, Québec, Laurentian Region, Montréal, Canada. New York City, USA. Rome, Italy

The Company Men - ORPHAN, 2011, Boston, Burlington, Lynn, Marblehead, Milton, Massachusetts, USA

No Strings Attached - ORPHAN, 2011, 1260 Channel Dr, Santa Barbara; 2249 S Hobart Blvd, 8221 W 3rd St, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Santa Barbara, Wilshire Blvd & Merv Griffin Way, Los Angeles, California, USA

The Factory - ORPHAN, 2011, Montréal, Québec, Canada

Cinema of Darkness - ORPHAN, 201?, Sell, promote, create publicity, develop, direct, produce, star, in this gripping tale of cinematic location dementia. Wales, Scotland, Ireland, England & London.

Find the cast and crew, fill in the details and the plot, pull the location shots, take the “now” shots, and “adopt” this film as your own. Contact the producers and the press office and ask for publicity material, contact the local tourist office and chamber of commerce and ask for their help in promoting their area on our site.

Tribe – ORPHAN, 2010, Dorset, England

44” Chest – ORPHAN, 2010, East End, London

Four Lions – ORPHAN, 2009, Sheffield, England

An Education – ORPHAN, 2009, London, Oxford & Paris

Made in Dagenham – ORPHAN, 2010, Dagenham, Essex, England

Dorian Gray – ORPHAN, 2009, Witanhurst, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, Wilton’s Music Hall, East End, Bell Yard, Royal Courts of Justice, Carlton Terrace, Royal Academy, Highgate Cemetery, Royal Exchange Building and Chiswick Town Hall.

Fishtank - ORPHAN, 2009, Essex, England

Harry Brown – ORPHAN, 2009, Elephant & Castle, London

Nowhere Boy – ORPHAN, 2009, Liverpool, England

Damned United, The - ORPHAN, 2009, Midlands, England

Tourist, The – ORPHAN, 2010, Venice, Italy; Paris, France

Americatown – ORPHAN, 2010, United States landmarks.

Requiem for Detroit? – ORPHAN, 2010, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Vanishing on Seventh Street - ORPHAN, 2010, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Diary of a Wimpy Kid - ORPHAN, 2010, New Westminster & Vancouver
British Columbia, Canada

Paul – ORPHAN, 2011, Downtown, San Diego, California; New Mexico; Santa Clarita, California, USA

Fast Five – ORPHAN, 2011, Atlanta, Georgia; Rice, Vidal, California; Parker, Arizona,
USA. Puerto Rico. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Falling Skies – ORPHAN, 2011, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Cedar Rapids – ORPHAN, 2011, Ann Arbor, Willow Run Airport, Michigan, USA

Hanna – ORPHAN, 2011, Bad Tölz, Bavaria, Berlin, Fehmarn, Schleswig-Holstein,
Hamburg, Germany; Kemijärvi, Ruka, Kuusamo, Finland; London, England; Morocco,

I Am Number Four – ORPHAN, 2011, Franklin Regional High School, Murrysville, Pittsburgh, Vandergrift, Pennsylvania; Islamorada, Florida; Santa Clarita, California,

The Tree of Life – ORPHAN, 2011, Austin, Bastrop, Dallas, Houston, La Grange,
Matagorda, San Marcos, Smithville, Waco, Texas; Death Valley, California; Goblin Valley State Park - Highway 24, Green River, Utah, USA; Parco dei Mostri, Bomarzo, Villa Lante, Viterbo, Lazio, Italy

Death Race 2 – ORPHAN, 2010, Cape Town, South Africa

Blue Valentine – ORPHAN, 2010, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, New York City; Carbondale, Honesdale, Park Street Complex, King of Prussia, Scranton, Wayne Delaware Manor, Beach Lake, Wayne,Pennsylvania, USA

Sources: imdb, britmovie; variety; filmcontact; mandy. All

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Susannah York

By Olga Craig, Ben Leach and Roya Nikkhah, London Telegraph

She was the blue-eyed English rose with the china-white skin and cupid lips who epitomised the sensuality of the swinging Sixties. Sexy and demure by turn, Susannah York, who died yesterday from cancer at 72, held a generation of male admirers in her thrall.

Her wide-ranging career, which won her both a Bafta and an Oscar nomination, oscillated between powerful portrayals of either the dutiful woman or the wanton wife. The zenith of her career was surely her roles as Thomas More's daughter in A Man For All Seasons, in 1966, and her passionate performance as the feisty section officer who took on Kenneth More in the acclaimed film Battle of Britain in 1966.

Ms York's film Killing of Sister George is on site and was one of the films shot at the over-used site in Hammersmith which is featured in the Cinema of Darkness.

Thursday, January 06, 2011


Year: 1967
Stars: Stanley Baker, Joanna Pettet, James Booth, Frank Finlay, Barry Foster
Director: Peter Yates
Locations: London, Leicestershire, Cambridgeshire and Dublin
Plot: Much of the action concerns tearing around in motors, but unhappily without identifiable actors in view.
Number of Stills: 62
Number of 'Now' Shots: 0

NEW FILM ONLINE: "Rising Damp"

Year: 1980
Stars: Leonard Rossiter, Frances de la Tour, Denholm Elliott
Director: Joseph McGrath
Locations: West London
Plot: Rossiter, mean landlord with middle class pretensions, and his assortment of bed-sit tenants.
Number of Stills: 10
Number of 'Now' Shots: 0

NEW FILM ONLINE: "The Red Shoes"

Year: 1948
Stars: Marius Goring, Anton Walbrook, Moira Shearer, Robert Helpmann
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Locations: Central London, Paris, Monte Carlo
Plot: Hans Christian Anderson tale, about bewitched red ballet shoes, which doesn't end well.
Number of Stills: 35
Number of 'Now' Shots: 0

NEW FILM ONLINE: "Radio Cab Murder"

Year: 1954
Stars: Jimmy Hanley, Sam Kydd
Director: Vernon Sewell
Locations: Kensington, Hyde Park, London
Plot: Ex con wants to go straight, but the odds are stacked against him.
Number of Stills: 16
Number of 'Now' Shots: 0

NEW FILM ONLINE: "Octopussy"

Year: 1983
Stars: Roger Moore, Maud Adams, Louis Jordan, Kristina Wayborn, Kabir Bedi, Vijay Armitraj
Director: John Glen
Locations: London, Cambridgeshire, India, America
Plot: Bond investigates jewel smuggling, which in turn leads to an anti-Nato bombing plot. SJ
Number of Stills: 20
Number of 'Now' Shots: 8