Ealing Studios can claim to be the oldest film studio in the world. The stages and offices are steeped in history having survived the onset of the talkies, two world wars and the more recent technological advances in film and TV.
Will Barker, a pioneer of British cinema, originally acquired the site in 1902. Basil Dean, owner of Associated Talking Pictures took over from Barker in the early 1930s and Ealing Studios was established. In 1938, Michael Balcon joined Dean as Head of Production. The golden era of Ealing Studios had begun.
This fabulous period of creativity would last until the late 1950s. Films like the Ladykillers, The Lavender Hill Mob, Passport to Pimlico and Kind Hearts and Coronets were created and formed the pinnacle of the most astonishing British film production ever seen.
The BBC bought the Studios in 1959 and they spent the next 20 years creating television productions from Ealing Studios such as Colditz, The Singing Detective and Fortunes of War.
The Studios were acquired in mid-2000 by Uri Fruchtmann, Barnaby Thompson, Harry Handelsman and John Kao. Together these partners aim to rebuild the Studios with a vision that brings film, technology and property expertise together in order to revive and continue the outstanding quality of past productions made here at Ealing.
Ealing Studios has recently accommodated high profile films including An Ideal Husband, Notting Hill, Star Wars – Episode 2, Lucky Break and The Importance of Being Earnest. Recent television productions include The Royle Family (Granada), Bedtime (HatTrick), Randall and Hopkirk Deceased (Ghost) and Emma Brody (20 Century Fox).