London’s Hollywood Review

Nathalie Morris, (archive curator at the BFI) offers a positive review in Sight and Sound Magazine (December 2014)


‘valuable and enjoyable… a detailed and thorough study.’

‘provides valuable and enjoyable studies of a huge range of films while placing the studio within the context of issues affecting filming making across this period.’

‘a worthwhile addition to the growing body of research on British silent cinema.’

‘Chapman’s book chronicles, film by film, both the titles produced by the studio from 1920 onwards and those made by the company Gainsborough Pictures.. even when these were shot elsewhere. This approach helps build a sense of continuity across projects and careers, and gives an impression of the wider production scene in and around London.’

Chapman makes steps toward a major reassessment of the career of Graham Cutts ‘with a passionate defence of the director and his work.’

‘Another strength of the book is its highlighting of other personnel and roles such as costume designer Marcelle de Saint Martin… and continuity supervisor Renie Marrison.’

Chapman also ‘offers useful and informative pocket biographies of the host of other directors, writes, cameramen and actors who crossed the studio’s threshold during the 1920s’

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London’s Hollywood: The Gainsborough Studio in the Silent Years

The first ever evaluation of the history, output and achievement of the most iconic film studio in London during the 1920s ‘a microcosm of the evolution of the British film industry during the silent era’…

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