GB 1972 1hr 43mins Dir: Ken Russell Starring: Dorothy Tutin and Scott Anthony
A film of the life of French sculptor Henri Gaudier-Brzeska
This truly magnificent biographical drama is based on the 1931 book of the same title by H.S. Ede and features good scenes filmed at Horsted Keynes station on the Bluebell Railway with not one, but three trains appearing. First, there is a train arriving behind ex-GWR 3200 Class ‘Dukedog’ 4-4-0 No.9017 Earl of Berkeley. In the background to this scene another steam-hauled train is approaching, which is hauled by ex-SECR P Class 0-6-0T No.323 Bluebell with ex-LNWR Observation Car No.1503 at the rear of its train. As if this wasn’t good enough, the railway scenes end with a very exhilarating sequence whereby Scott Anthony is nearly run down by a freight train hauled by ex-SR USA Class 0-6-0T No. 30064. After several takes, the staff foot crossing between the platforms had become slippery under foot with crushed daffodils. In his attempt to climb back up onto the platform to safety in the final take, Scott fell back onto the track and had to be hauled up by the production crew almost from under the wheels of the train!! This unfortunate incident was then chosen for the final cut. Horsted Keynes masquerades in the film as ‘Portland’, Dorothy Tutin, as herself, is truly wonderful.