Shooting Stars: Behind the scenes at Ealing Studios
For our outdoor exhibition, Gunnersbury Park Museum celebrated the life and work of Ealing Studios stills photographer Roy Gough.
Roy Gough’s archive was donated to Gunnersbury Park Museum in 2016, after the death of Roy’s wife, Beryl Booth. Both long-time Ealing residents, Roy and Beryl worked for decades in film and television - Roy as a Stills Photographer and Beryl as a Continuity Girl. Roy began his career in 1943 at Ealing Studios where he photographed some of the 20th Century’s biggest stars and the pair eventually met on the set of Nowhere to Go in 1958. Roy and Beryl married and went into business together, working on several cult tv shows, such as The Saint and The Prisoner.
A Stills Photographer had the important role of photographing film sets, studio shoots or portraits that could be used to create the press and publicity for up-and-coming films. Many of the photographs that Roy Gough took at Ealing Studios were included on film posters, billboards, and other promotional materials.
Roy Gough’s photographic archive was donated to Gunnersbury Park Museum in 2016, after the death of Roy’s wife, Beryl Booth-Gough. Both long-time Ealing residents, Roy and Beryl worked for decades in film and television; Roy as a Stills Photographer and Beryl as a Continuity Girl.
In 2020, Gunnersbury Park Museum was granted funding to work with this unique and valuable collection. Throughout the project the museum has worked to repackage, digitise and catalogue Roy’s photographs and make them available online.
This exhibition showcases some favourites from the 2000+ prints we hold in Gunnersbury Park Museum’s Archive and explores Roy Gough’s career at Ealing Studios and beyond.
Unless specified otherwise, all images have been kindly reproduced with thanks to STUDIOCANAL.