British Film Posters – An Illustrated History by Sim Branaghan.
As a film poster dealer mainly dealing in the British side of things I come across some unusual posters. When I can’t identify a particular release date of a poster I usually turn to Sim Branaghan, who is the author of British Film Posters – An Illustrated History.
Sim is an information librarian living in London. Growing up he attended many film fairs during the 1970’s and met all the characters who made the circuit such a joy to be involved in.
If you’re serious about collecting British Movie Posters then this is the book to own. It has two hundred and eighty eight pages packed full of images and information, most of which I guarantee you do not know.
Published by the world famous British Film Institute, it uses Sim’s own poster images as well as the posters held in the B.F.I. So you can imagine there are some hidden gems in the book. It has classic images such as Get Carter, One Million B.C and Dracula.
The book itself is the most comprehensive history of British Film Posters I’ve ever seen. It covers the subjects that are lesser known to film poster fans such as design, printing companies and of course the incredibly talented artists who created the posters.
From the humble beginnings of the late Victorian theatre posters to the demise of the hand painted posters of the 1980’s, the book tells the history of the film posters documented in a way never seen before. Did you know that License to Kill was one of the last hand-painted posters? This is the kind of information in this book.
My favourite part of the book is about the printing companies. How they formed and what an industry it was back then. Sim actually interviewed the managing director of W.E Berry, Peter Lee. Lee donated three hundred posters before the closure of the company in 2004. All of these posters now display at the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford.
Other notable interviews are with Tom Chantrell. Tom was one of the most popular film posters artists. He was responsible for British posters such as Star Wars, East of Eden, One Million Years B.C and Carry on Screaming. He created hundreds of pieces of artwork for many other films.
The book in appearance is excellent with two classic images on the front cover. It is available in both hardback and paperback formats.
So to summarise, if you are a serious collector of British Film Posters then you have to own this book.
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