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Adrienne Corri behind the scenes having her hair styled for her role in The Feminine Touch (1956)

In his oral history for Gunnersbury Park Museum, recorded in 1999, Roy talks about how actresses would often confide in him about the lack of work available for them at Ealing Studios, as many of the films featured a large male cast with few leading female roles. Listen to Roy below.

Did you know?

Diana Morgan, playwright and screenwriter, was one of the only female members of the Ealing Studios creative department during the 1940s and 1950s. Her only solo writing credit for Ealing Studios was the Robert Hamer film Pink String and Sealing Wax (1945), featuring Googie Withers and Gordon Jackson. Her final credit for Ealing Studios was Dance Hall (1950) which featured a large female cast and, unusual for Ealing Studios, was presented entirely from a female perspective.

 

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Lack of work for women

Audio transcript

Roy Gough: I mean I had actresses say to me very often there’s not much for us here Roy you know [indecipherable]. They were very, very male orientated, partly because a lot of them were war films [indecipherable] you take captive part, the women in them were just ciphers.

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