Lights, Camera, Merton!
This talk will be given by Clive Whichelow, a Merton Park resident, to introduce his new book, "Lights, Camera, Merton! The Films of Merton Park Studios".
It’s been one of the best-kept secrets in British film history, but now it can be revealed that Merton Park studios was used by some of the biggest names in the business from actors such as Peter Sellers, Michael Caine and Rita Tushingham to directors such as Lindsay Anderson, Joseph Losey and Joan Littlewood. Perhaps the biggest name in the British film business, J Arthur Rank, started his career here. And can it be true that Walt Disney made a film at Merton Park and that Joseph Stalin’s favourite film has a connection with the studio? One of Merton Park’s films even had a royal premiere.
Clive's book, 176 pages with illustrations, is available from all good bookshops locally as well as Merton libraries, Wimbledon Museum, The Wheelhouse at Merton Abbey Mills, and Amazon.