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2007 marks the 80th anniversary of filming at Elstree Studios. Celebrating this milestone the Elstree Film & Television Heritage Group will be holding a second round of screenings of locally made classics in June, this year dubbed Elstree Film Festival II after the success the Group enjoyed with their similar event in 2006.

Elstree Film Festival II will be held as part of the Town Council’s annual Town Festival with original 35mm prints of the films unspooling at the Reel Cinema, Borehamwood, between Monday 25 June and Friday 29 June 2007.

On the Buses will prove just the ticket to get the Festival off into high gear on Monday 25 June. The first comedy movie to be made by Hammer Films, Stan (Reg Varney) and Inspector Blakey (Stephen Lewis) will once again cast through the streets of Borehamwood, up Shenley Road and down Manor Way offering a chance to see how many locations audiences can spot!

Tuesday 26 June features that well-loved family classic The Railway Children. Will Father return to train-mad kids Jenny Agutter, Sally Thomsett and Gary Warren? Of course he will, but not before plenty of adventures in this film of a period long past!

Cliff Richard and The Shadows are welcomed back to the big screen in Summer Holiday on Wednesday 27 June, when four London Bus mechanics strike a deal with London Transport, do up a double-decker bus and drive it around Europe as a hotel. If they make it with success, they’ll be in charge of the whole fleet! All this and music too! Go on, join in, you know the words…

For a complete change of pace, the Festival celebrates 50 years of Hammer Horror on Thursday 28 June with a Fright Night Double Feature, combining the bloodsucking Scars of Dracula with the cult classic The Devil Rides Out. It will be a true case of 'schlock and shock' with those two on the bill, and audience participation is encouraged, so bring your cape and go batty—you’ll be screaming 'fangs for the memories'!

Elstree Film Festival II comes to a close on Friday 29 June with the only screening authorised anywhere this year of the original Indiana Jones adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark. Harrison Ford has just been reunited with producer George Lucas and director Steven Spielberg to start work on the fourth film in the series, but this was where things all started for Indy back in 1981.

Heritage Group Chairman Paul Welsh will host Elstree Film Festival II, sharing a selection of anecdotes about each film alongside special guests (to be confirmed) involved with their original production.

Tickets for Elstree Film Festival II are on sale now from the Reel Cinema in Borehamwood’s Shenley Road and directly from the Town Council at Fairway Hall.



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