Don’t miss this exhibition which focuses on the life and career of Birmingham born and raised film producer Michael Balcon (1896-1977) who was knighted for his contribution to British cinema in 1948. Starting with Woman to Woman in 1923 and concluding with Tom Jones in 1963, Sir Michael Balcon produced over 300 films.
From Victory Motion Pictures via Gainsborough Studios, Gaumont – British, MGM British, and the iconic Ealing Studios in the 1940’s and 1950’s, Michael Balcon was the most prominent and influential of British film makers in the 20th century. Sir Michael Balcon mentored the likes of David Putnam and Sir Alan Parker during his career. He is credited with giving Alfred Hitchcock his first ever film role.
The producer’s legacy can still be seen beyond his filmography, Michael Balcon was involved in the BFI Experimental Film Fund in the 1950’s and helped set up the BAFTA awards.
The exhibition about Michael Balcon and associated film pioneers is currently on display at Parkside Gallery, Eastside, Bham, and due to very positive word of mouth has been extended till October 27.
There is a screening of The Blue Lamp on 12 October at the Parkside Gallery 6pm – 9pm, tickets are free but you need to register on Eventbrite here.