Londons Hollywood - Gainsborough film studio

    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'...

    London's Hollywood - The Gainsborough Studio in the Silent Years

    An iconic London landmark and of huge historical and cultural importance, the Islington or Gainsborough film studio in Poole Street, London was instrumental in developing the unique vision and flavour of the British film industry. Opening in 1919 and blossoming in the mid 1920s many of the most important silent movies of the era were made here including Woman to Woman (1923), Nell Gwyn (1925), The Rat (1926), The Lodger (1926) and the Constant Nymph (1928). It was home to many of the major film stars of the day including Ivor Novello, Betty Balfour and Mabel Poulton. It was where many of the pioneers of British film making emerged including Graham Cutts, Michael Balcon and Herbert Wilcox, And, significantly it was a where a young Alfred Hitchcock was trained  and started his journey to become one of the most famous of British directors. 

    Discover the secrets of the most iconic film studio in London during the silent era, from its inception in 1919 to part-destruction in 1930 just as the talkies took hold. Follow the careers of the leading lights in the British film industry - Graham Cutts, Michael Balcon, Herbert Wilcox and a young Alfred Hitchcock - who made some of the most important British silent films starring a host of glamorous British film stars such as Ivor Novello, Betty Balfour, Isabel Jeans and American stars like Betty Compson and Dorothy Gish.

    A visual tour of the history of the Gainsborough (or Islington) studio in the silent years


    Gary Chapman has always been fascinated by the 1920s and the Jazz Age, and his degree in archaeology left him with a passion for uncovering the truth about his subjects. After living and working for many years in London, he now lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire. He is fortunate in being able to pursue his various passions – publishing, marketing books, writing, the Jazz Age and cake decorating.


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