GB 1935 1hr 16mins Dir: Michael Powell Starring: Gordon Harker and Binnie Hale
A new keeper takes over a remote Welsh lighthouse which is allegedly haunted
Despite being nothing more than a low-budget ‘quota quickie’ this thriller has stood the test of time and is much admired by film historians. It is based on the play The Haunted Light by Evadne Price and Joan Roy Byford. The lighthouse is set in Wales and in keeping with the story the early part of the film features some wonderful shots of the 1’ 11 ½” narrow-gauge Festiniog Railway in its original form. These excellent scenes feature Gordon Harker onboard a passenger service and a scene at Tan-y-Bwlch station. The film opens, however, with a short sequence of shots at various points on the line including a phantom ride shot on the approach to the west end of the 67 yards long Garnedd Tunnel, which is in fact going away from Tan-y-Bwlch. For all these shots, the locomotive is Double Fairlie 0-4-4-0T Taliesin, built in 1886, withdrawn in 1971, and now preserved at the National Railway Museum as Livingston Thompson, its original name.