Friday 10 November 2017

What a Carry On at the London Film Fair!


Now into its 45th Year, this event is the continuation of a legacy that started back in the early seventies, and over the years have seen different names and organizers but its roots orginate from the original Collector’s Film Convention’s that were organized by Ed Mason.  Now under new management, the future of the event is secured. 

The event’s are held at London’s Central Hall Westminster, with up to 6 events a year.
The conventions presents dealers from all over the UK, Europe, US, Canada, Australia and South America that specializes in vintage and modern film memorabilia.  Items cover the history of cinema from the silents to the present day blockbusters.

The London Film Fair will appeal to avid film buffs, collectors, archivists researchers and students. A must for anyone with an interest in cinema and cult television!


The next Fair takes place on 11 November and the guests announced so far suggest more of a Hammer Horror theme to the event. Rest assured there will still be guests of note for fans for classic British comedy. The delightful Jacki Piper will be present to meet fans and sign autographs. Jacki joined the Carry On team for Up The Jungle in 1969 with further roles in Carry On Loving, Carry On At Your Convenience and finally, Carry On Matron. A long career in film and television has seen Jacki work with the likes of Sir Roger Moore, the Two Ronnies, Eric Sykes and Dick Emery.

Another noteworthy guest is former actress and now hugely successful fashion designer Edina Ronay. Edina forged an eye-catching career in British film in the 1960s before putting all that to one side to follow another of her passions. She first came to our attention in the 1965 comedy film, The Big Job, playing Sally, the daughter of Joan Sims' character alongside the likes of Sid James, Lance Percival and Dick Emery. The same year she made her one and only appearance in the Carry On series, as Dolores, a supporting character in Carry On Cowboy. Edina is part of one of my favourite scenes in the film, engaging in a wonderful cat fight with Joan Sims and Angela Douglas.

Also attending will be actress and Misty Moon Patron Judy Matheson. Judy is a very good friend to this blog so it's great to hear she's attending the Film Fair once again. Perhaps best known for her roles in several 1970s horror films, Judy also appeared in films such as Percy's Progress and Confessions of a Window Cleaner. On stage she worked for the legendary Sir Tyrone Guthrie and spent a year touring with Richard O'Sullivan and Yootha Joyce. On the small screen roles included parts in Coronation Street, Blake's 7, Citizen Smith, The Professionals and The Sweeney. You can read about Judy's greatest influences in the acting profession in her wonderful blog here


And finally, small part Carry On actress Angela Grant will also be in attendance. Angela had small but eye-catching roles in a number of Carry Ons - Follow That Camel, Up The Khyber and finally, as Miss Bangor, one of the beauty contestants in the 1973 film Carry On Girls.

More guests to be announced soon, so watch out for that!

The next London Film Fair will take place on Saturday 11 November at the Central Hall Westminster. Further details can be found on the Film Fair Website

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