Just for a moment, I’m going to assume that you’re not a weirdo, in which case if I were to ask you to name a country which you associate with the movies, it’s unlikely that your first choice would be Wales. Even if you’re Welsh.
Sadly, Welsh culture hasn’t traveled anywhere near as well as English, Scottish, and Irish culture. It’s rare to find a Welsh character in a Hollywood film, and practically unheard of to have a major movie which is actually set in Wales.
Carry on at Your Convenience, released in 1971, was the twenty-second film in the “Carry On” series of British comedy films. The main plot of the film concerns the goings on at a bathroom fittings factory. The factory’s pedantic union official insists on holding the management to the letter of the rules, regardless of the fact it could result in the company being sold and all the staff losing their jobs.
For some reason, about half way through the film, we follow the workers on a staff outing to Brighton. This has nothing to do with the main plot at all, and just seems to be an excuse to have some saucy seaside shenanigans.
I was having a nosey about on Google Streetview around the Hoxton Square area of East London, when I came across a group of guys standing around in a back street. A couple of them have cameras, and one is using an organiser or mobile device of some sort. What could they be doing?
Last weekend I attended the #filmdatahack event at the Abandon Normal Devices festival. AND describes itself as a “festival of new cinema, digital culture and art” and is based in the north west of England. It’s been running since 2009 and commissions or stages a large number of exhibitions and events relating to digital/cinema/arts.
I’ve let the site go stale for a bit, not really doing any work on it or adding any new info for quite some time. So I decided that it was about time I gave it a bit of a spruce up.
I’ve known for quite a while that the site doesn’t really work very well on mobiles, or any device with a small screen, so I decided to do a recode to accommodate these devices. While I was doing that, I remembered that there were lots of other changes I wanted to make, so I included those as well. In the end I’ve more-or-less recoded the entire site. Stupidly, I’ve kept the same design. Making the site fit mobile screens would have been much easier if I’d redesigned the look of the site a bit. Still, never mind.
Here are some changes I’ve made:
John Landis is renowned, probably more than any other film director, for putting in-jokes in his movies. He frequently casts behind-the-scenes personnel in cameo roles in his films; he includes the phrase “See you next Wednesday“, which is a line of dialogue from 2001: A Space Odyssey, in many of his movies; the credits of his early movies all recommend you “Ask for Babs” when you visit Universal Studios; he often features old movies, TV shows, or cartoons on televisions in his movies.
All these in-jokes, and more, appear in his British-shot film An American Werewolf In London. But I think I may have stumbled on another in-joke in that film – an in-joke which is so incredibly obscure, I believe I may be the first person ever to get it in the 30+ years since the film was released.
As you can see, this site now has a blog. When I started this site, it was basically an excuse to learn database programming. I was interested in film locations, as I am about most aspects of film production, but it wasn’t until I started adding more movies to the site that I became a bit more location-obsessed.