12 Facts About British film


Many British film actors have accrued critical success and worldwide recognition, such as Audrey Hepburn, Maggie Smith, Roger Moore, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Joan Collins, Judi Dench, Julie Andrews, Daniel Day-Lewis, Gary Oldman, Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant and Kate Winslet.

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Soon several British film companies had opened to meet the demand for new films, such as Mitchell and Kenyon in Blackburn.

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The previous title for earliest colour British film, using Urban's inferior Kinemacolor process, was thought to date from 1909.

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In 1903 Frank Mottershaw of Sheffield produced the British film A Daring Daylight Robbery, which launched the chase genre.

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Also in 1920 Cricklewood Studios was founded by Sir Oswald Stoll, becoming Britain's largest British film studio, known for Fu Manchu and Sherlock Holmes British film series.

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Circumstances forced Korda's The Thief of Bagdad, a spectacular fantasy British film, to be completed in California, where Korda continued his British film career during the war.

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Towards the end of the 1940s, the Rank Organisation became the dominant force behind British film-making, having acquired a number of British studios and the Gaumont chain to add to its Odeon Cinemas.

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British New Wave film makers attempted to produce social realist films attempted in commercial feature films released between around 1959 and 1963 to convey narratives about a wider spectrum of people in Britain than the country's earlier films had done.

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The first British film Dr No was a sleeper hit in the UK and the second, From Russia with Love, a hit worldwide.

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Some other British producers, including Hammer, turned to television for inspiration, and big screen versions of popular sitcoms like On the Buses and Steptoe and Son proved successful with domestic audiences, the former had greater domestic box office returns in its year than the Bond film, Diamonds Are Forever and in 1973, an established British actor Roger Moore was cast as Bond in, Live and Let Die, it was a commercial success and Moore would continue the role for the next 12 years.

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When Gandhi, another Goldcrest British film, picked up a Best Picture Oscar, it looked as if he was right.

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The British film This Is Not a Love Song was the first to be streamed live on the Internet at the same time as its cinema premiere.

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