And Soon the Darkness

  • Paul Moody


EMI Films’ story begins in 1969 with its acquisition of the Associated British Picture Corporation (ABPC) and Bernard Delfont’s recruitment of Bryan Forbes to head up its new filmmaking division. By analysing their first three releases, And Soon the Darkness, Hoffman, and The Man Who Haunted Himself, the chapter outlines how Forbes and Delfont constructed their filmmaking philosophy, a conservative and explicitly ‘British’ approach to their productions that was influenced by Forbes’ friendship with Edward Heath. Using archival documents from Bryan Forbes’ private papers, the chapter places the productions within the context of the industrial issues at EMI’s Elstree Studios base and analyses the issues which would ultimately lead to Forbes’ downfall.

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  • Paul Moody
    • 1
  1. 1.Brunel University LondonLondonUK

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