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12/06/01
The Importance of Being Ealing
- Colin Firth and Dame Judi Dench feature in new film

EALING STUDIOS is set to make a comeback after the consortium that saved it announced plans to release their first film under the Ealing name.

Famous for producing classic British comedies such as The Lavender Hill Mob and Kind Hearts and Coronets, Ealing Studios became a bastion for British cinema during the 1940s and 1950s.

Now the studios are set to release a new film, The Importance of Being Earnest, starring Bridget Jones' Diary actor Colin Firth, Rupert Everett and Dame Judi Dench. It is the first film to be made under the Ealing name since 1959.

The studios were faced with demolition until a consortium made up of Fragile Films, The Manhattan Loft Company and The Idea Factory splashed out UKP70 million to keep it going. Ealing Council, which was under pressure to turn the site into housing, has approved plans to renovate the studios five sound stages.

"We intend to take Ealing into the future while keeping the glory of the past and providing a home for the creative film and television community," said Uri Fruchtmann of Fragile Films. "The studio has survived and prospered for the last 100 years - we are very excited to have the opportunity to prepare it for the next 100 years."





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