Mark Westwood and Ian Bond got in touch with me about recreating a scene from 80’s cult sci-fi film back to the future we met in a car park near Kingswood late one evening to create this Hullywood moment, Ian very kindly volunteered to put the flames in the shot. I love it when that happens…
Back to the Future is a 1985 American science fiction adventure comedy film directed by Robert Zemeckis and written by Zemeckis and Bob Gale. It stars Michael J. Fox as teenager Marty McFly, who is sent back in time to 1955, where he meets his future parents in high school and accidentally becomes his mother’s romantic interest. Christopher Lloyd portrays the eccentric scientist Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown, Marty’s friend who helps him repair the damage to history by advising Marty how to cause his parents to fall in love. Marty and Doc must also find a way to return Marty to 1985.
When the following message arrived in my inbox from Kerry Davies on facebook I just had to make the dream a reality:
Hi, Quentin. I’m really enjoying following your Hullywood Icons photos. If possible, I’d like to try & pose for one of your Hullywood Icons. I’d like to be the gunslinger played by Yul Brynner in the original film version of Westworld. Westworld is also big on TV at the moment. It’s interesting because the Yul Brynner character in the Westworld film uses the same look that he had in The Magnificent Seven (another classic Western) – a twist from good cowboy to bad robot! I’ve attached a photo of the pose I’d like to do. I’ve got the black outfit and I think, if we could use it, Wm Hawkes Pub, Scale Lane, Hull, would be a brilliant location. The Westworld film tag is “Have we got a vacation for you!” – this ties in nicely with visitors coming on vacation to Hull City of Culture 2017.
We made the image at one of the Hull old town’s hidden gems The WM Hawkes Pub on Scale Lane is a really atmospheric old pub with great taxidermy in the back room well worth checking out! The pubis named after William Hawkes, the gun maker, who worked on the site of the pub in 1810.
When Juliet Johnson got in touch with me about playing Vicki Anderson (Faye Dunaway) in The Thomas Crown Affair with Andy Snowden – Thomas Crown (Steve McQueen) I just had to say yes , we shot the romantic scene in an allley on the High Street in Hull’s Old Town.
The Thomas Crown Affair is a 1968 film directed and produced by Norman Jewison starring Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway. This heist film was nominated for two Academy Awards, winning Best Original Song for Michel Legrand’s “Windmills of Your Mind”
Carol Young asked if she could be Baby Jane Hudson played by Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? I thought oh that’s a bit dark but sounds like fun!
The 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, about an aging actress who holds her paraplegic sister captive in an old Hollywood mansion. The screenplay by Lukas Heller is based on the 1960 novel of the same name by Henry Farrell. Upon the film’s release, it was met with widespread critical and box office acclaim and was later nominated for five Academy Awards, winning one for Best Costume Design, Black and White.
The intensely bitter Hollywood rivalry between the film’s two stars, Davis and Crawford, was heavily important to the film’s initial success. This in part led to the revitalization of the then-waning careers of the two stars. In the years after release, critics continued to acclaim the film for its psychologically driven black comedy, camp, and creation of the psycho-biddy subgenre. The film’s then unheard of and controversial plot, meant that it originally received an X rating in the UK, Because of the appeal of the film’s stars, Dave Itzkoff in The New York Times has identified it as being a “cult classic”. In 2003, the character of Baby Jane Hudson was ranked #44 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 50 Best Villains of American Cinema.
When Chris Sharp asked if he could play Ray Stantz played by Dan Ackroyd one of the original Ghostbusters about six weeks ago, I thought it should be reasonably straight forward to organise the shoot however Chris has a really busy work schedule so it took longer to meet up than expected however the resulting image shot on Millennium Bridge in Hull was well worth the wait.
Ghostbusters is a 1984 American supernatural comedy film directed and produced by Ivan Reitman and written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. The film stars Bill Murray, Aykroyd and Ramis as three eccentric parapsychologists who start a ghost-catching business in New York City. Sigourney Weaver and Rick Moranis co-star as a client and her neighbor, and Ernie Hudson as the Ghostbusters’ first recruit.
A seriously big hitting Hullywood Icon image today Lucy Joy as ‘The Girl’ played by Marilyn Monroe with her partner Mike Lines as Richard Sherman, played by Tom Elwell.The Seven Year Itch is a 1955 American romantic comedy film based on a three-act play with the same name by George Axelrod. The film was co-written and directed by Billy Wilder, and stars Marilyn Monroe and Tom Ewell, reprising his Broadway role from the play. It contains one of the most iconic images of the 20th century – Monroe standing on a subway grate as her white dress is blown upwards by a passing train. The titular phrase, which refers to declining interest in a monogamous relationship after seven years of marriage, has been used by psychologists.
Given that we have no subway system in Hull we have had to go with the prevailing easterly wind that comes off the north sea to recreate this Iconic Hollywood moment.
This morning I went to Priory Primary School to photograph some Hullywood Shorts – I thought I would share this image from the shoot. Many thanks to all the children and assistant headteacher Julia Mitchell for a fantastic morning. I haven’t laughed so much in a very long time – you were all fantastic!
Georgina Garton got in touch with me about playing Melissa McCarthy (Abby Yates) in Ghostbusters: Answer the Call she suggested Ye Olde White Harte Hull’s most haunted and historically significant pub as a venue. Little did she realise that we would be dealing with real ghosts on the shoot!
Ghostbusters (alternatively known as Ghostbusters: Answer the Call and marketed as such on home release) is a 2016 American-Australian supernatural action comedy horror film directed by Paul Feig. Written by Feig and Katie Dippold, the film stars Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. It is the third feature film in the Ghostbusters franchise and serves as a reboot to the previous films about four women who start a ghost-catching business in New York City.
A third Ghostbusters film had been in the various stages of development following the release of Ghostbusters II in 1989. As a result of original cast member Bill Murray’s refusal to commit to the project and the death of fellow cast member Harold Ramis in 2014, Sony decided to reboot the series. Much of the original film’s cast make cameo appearances in new roles. The announcement of the female-lead cast in 2015 drew a polarized response from the public and Internet backlash.
When Nanette Thompson got in touch about recreating a scene from Napoleon Dynamite as Pedro with her fiance Lee Halls as Napoleon Dynamite I couldn’t say no. We used Wyke College as a location.
Napoleon Dynamite is a 2004 American comedy film produced by Jeremy Coon, Chris Wyatt, Sean C. Covel and Jory Weitz, written by Jared and Jerusha Hess and directed by Jared Hess. The film stars Jon Heder in the role of the title character, for which he was paid $1,000. After the film’s runaway success, Heder re-negotiated his compensation and received a cut of the profits. The film was Jared Hess’ first full-length feature and is partially adapted from his earlier short film, Peluca. Napoleon Dynamite was acquired at the Sundance Film Festival by Fox Searchlight Pictures and Paramount Pictures, in association with MTV Films. It was filmed in and near Franklin County, Idaho in the summer of 2003. It debuted at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2004, and in June 2004 was released on a limited basis. Its widespread release followed in August. The film’s total worldwide gross revenue was $46,118,097. The film has since developed a cult following.