The Archives at Pinewood
An incredible resource of classic cinema, Studiocanal have secure vaults at Pinewood filled to the brim with original film cans and publicity images from all the titles in their vast collection of British film and television.
The third largest film library in the world, Studiocanal hold the rights to many films and TV shows, and the archives at Pinewood house their British catalogue, including classic Ealing Comedies, the Carry On films produced by Anglo-Amalgamated, The Avengers TV series, and many, MANY, more.
It’s always a privilege to be able to access the wonderful Studiocanal archive of British titles to discover images for potential pop art collections and it’s led to five art print ranges so far: The Avengers, Audrey Hepburn, School For Scoundrels, Carry On Films, and, most recently, Joanna Lumley.[UPDATE: Since writing this blog post in July 2016, new pop art collections in collaboration with Studiocanal have been added to the site including Joan Collins, Hammer Horror, Julie Christie, Beat Films, and British Film Noir.]
An absolute honour to visit, you can feel the history in the walls and roads of Pinewood – from Goldfinger Avenue where Sean Connery drove the classic Aston Martin, to the corridors, buildings, and parking areas featured in the Carry On films, everywhere you look is a reminder of classic film history.
You may remember the large white Pinewood house from Carry On Nurse, Carry On Again Doctor and Up The Khyber, as well as From Russia With Love and the 1974 film The Great Gatsby, and the manicured gardens will be familiar for appearing in films including Carry On Henry.
As I’m sure you can imagine, Pinewood’s security is incredibly tight to make sure that only people with a purpose are allowed onto the site – after all, Star Wars and the Bond films are just some of the film juggernauts that are filmed there and it’s natural they demand secrecy about their productions.
Not only are the Studiocanal archives highly secure, they’re also climate-controlled to preserve the longevity of the original film stock – it can make for quite a chilly visit during the winter months but a refreshing respite from summer heat.
I hope you’ve enjoyed a peek behind the scenes of the Studiocanal archives at Pinewood with these photos taken on previous research visits. If you haven’t done so yet, make sure to sign up to the mailing list to get an email when new pop art collections are added to the website: