Welcome to the first picturepalace blog post of 2011, I trust everyone is rested, replete and content after the festivities? The obvious exception being any Autralians reading this who will be understandably gutted about the Ashes, don't worry, you'll be over it in a couple of years. Any confused readers in non cricket playing regions of the globe, feel free to ignore the previous sentence.
I'm happy to report that it was a quiet Christmas in the picturepalace household and while very little paint was actually applied to canvas source material arrived in abundance. It is a strange quirk of DVD release schedules that many of the movies I've been trying to track down recently are only available as part of a boxed set or are prohibitively priced on their own. This can be a blessing in disguise. For instance, looking for a copy of Powell and Pressburger's 'I Know Where I'm Going' I found it as part of an eleven film set for £16(ish) at HMV. Bargain! Margaret Lockwood and Stewart Granger in 'Love Story' is another box set purchase that also includes 'Bank Holiday', Hitchcock's 'The Lady Vanishes' (more cricket references from Charters and Caldecott,) 'The Wicked Lady' and others. And finally something else to thank the Aussies for, 'Tawny Pipit' arrived packaged with another rural wartime movie that I've never seen, 'Great Day' http://uk.imdb.com/title/tt0037748/ somebody down under really knows how to programme a double bill.
There was also some actual work done over Yuletide where 'The First of the Few' has morphed into a diptych depicting the apotheosis of Leslie Howard. I've basically completed the 'first pass' of both elements ie. getting the canvas covered and everything in the right place, unfortunately somewhere along the line the blessed Leslie appears to have mutated into the very much not sainted David Cameron! This state of affairs will not last long believe me. As it provided me with a bit of a giggle however I'm sharing it with you here.
Work in progress and other stuff that happens.