famed for quirky English comedies and genteel thrillers, are celebrating
a hundred years of film making history by re-releasing a clutch
of classic titles.
will now get the chance to peer into the recent past with films
like The Lavender Hill Mob and The Ladykillers, in
which a gang of scheming thugs led by Alec Guinness are undone by
a little old lady and her parrot.
Guinness in a scene from The Ladykillers
The reissues follow
hard on the heels of the release of the first Ealing film for 40
years: Oliver Parker's adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Importance
of Being Earnest and the announcement of an exclusive two year
co-production deal with American movie giant Miramax.
The deal is a boost
to Ealing's planned £50 million site makeover, which will
re-establish it as Europe's largest studio complex.
New offices housing
state-of-the-art animation facilities are currently under construction
and Shrek producer John Williams is about to begin shooting
a $40 million animated feature entitled Valiant, described
as Top Gun with cartoon pidgeons.
Also in the pipeline
are new production and digital facilities and an apartment complex
which will be built on-site, allowing prospective purchasers the
chance to rub shoulders with major celebrities.
have a proud history dating back to the turn of the last century:
were founded in 1902, when black-and-white films were made on the
surrounding orchards," said Sean Hinton, MD of Ealing studios
had the coming of the talkies, television and video and colour.
At each stage people said that filmmaking was dead. The reality
is that the studios have survived and thrived."
Asked about the
slate of re-releases which will be going into cinemas from this
week, Hinton revealed that The Ladykillers and The Lavender Hill
Mob would be joined by The Man In The White Suit, Whisky
Galore!, Passport to Pimlico and Kind Hearts and Coronets.
all classics and in the 40s and 50s they became global box office
successes. These films are important for defining what Britain was
at that time and communicating it to the rest of the world."
six are being re-issued in digitally remastered prints. and will
be showing in London's West End from Friday and will then tour the