Unbroken Japanese camp (4 replies and 4 comments)
Where did you shoot the Japanese POW camp scenes in Unbroken please. Was that a backlot set up or location. Stunning performance from the Jap officer imo.
That was a set built outside Brisbane, Australia. The film was shot down under.
Great weather down There. (I used to fly from Eagle Farm)
I loved being there. Not so much the Gold Coast but Sydney I like and Melbourne is wonderful.
Sydney I love. Spent 8 years in Melbourne. Great coastal fishing on the Gold Coast. Life is much sweeter there. Btw. Norman Wisdom wanted to open a film school there with me that incorporated speech and drama with enphasis on comedy. But he pulled out and then chose Brixham! Film school was to be in the Rotunda (ex Hammer studios) Oldway Mansion. Just a bit of useless information.
I never heard of a film studio in Brixham! If there was I could live in Devon.
Isn't Oldway the local Torbay Council Offices now?
There was no film studio in Brixham but the film school was to be based at the old riding school at Oldway mansion. The riding school was converted by The ministry of information in 1940 into a working studio for public information film production etc. It still has the original chicken wire and feathers around the walls. All electrics were changed to accommodate film equipment. When the MOI moved out, Hammer films moved in, they made a number of films here. It was then taken over by Torbay Council and the converted “studios” was used to store council machinery and left to rot. They moved in Oldway mansion and used it as a base for many years. Hammer films returned to Bray Berks. I think you attended the original building which was turned in a film school. I gave a lot of equipment to that school. The drama school was to be based in a converted church in New Rd BX. Completely converted with a stage and Strand lighting all the lights. Sean Connerys son was involved in the initial productions. Unfortunately, despite a promising future had to close due massive business rates and overheads. Btw. Roger Moore had a holiday home nearby. Oldway is now empty! Was going to be turned into a 5 Star hotel with housing but no progress so far. Last film made here was Churchill -The Hollywood years. Stunning ballroom here really lovely. John Slater made a number of films in Brixham in the 1950’s and has a plaque on Brixham theatre. Sorry a bit boring for others.
Thanks for that. I really didn't know!
Roger there's a semi decent sized studio in Redruth, Cornwall now called Figolux (not far from Devon). Single unit, and still in it's early stages but big enough to house a set I'd say. On the main industrial estate. Shot a couple music videos in there. Large infinity curve at the back. Worth a look as you never know these days where you end up.... https://www.figolux.com/»
Bonus being you're near to Falmouth for a bit of fishing haha.