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Peter Pan / Re: Peter Pan at the National Theatre 2016
« on: January 15, 2021, 05:23:49 PM »
The NT filmed it and distributed it for one day only to UK cinemas, so it definitely exists. It was brilliant - totally irreverent with the letter of the law - aka the text - but miraculously faithful to the spirit, and that's what matters, in my not-so-humble opinion. The prelude to the Pirate Ship scene was spine-chilling... Hook (played by whoever played Mrs Darling) stripped down to her bra and knickers, delivering her soliloquy while the obsequious Smee gradually dresses her in full pirate kit -- do not go to your graves without seeing it!
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Peter Pan / Re: Peter Pan at the National Theatre 2016
« on: January 15, 2021, 06:24:36 AM »
Yes, I saw it – and thought it brilliant, by far the best Peter Pan I’ve ever seen. I met with Sally Cook and the cast several times, and wrote the blurb for their program. Not that I would take any credit for the production – it was entirely hers.
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Davies Family / Re: The Morgue
« on: January 13, 2021, 08:53:04 PM »
What a lovely response, that makes all the effort worthwhile. I often wonder what Peter would think if he could see me, 60 years on, not only trnscrib8ing his Morgue (against his wishes?) but adding the odd letter or whatever that evaded his grasp at the time. But for all its sadness, I find his Morgue as inspirational as it is melancholic. Arthur's death - and Sylvia's to come, and George's too - they all take death in their stride, embracing Browning's Prospice in a way that Peter either couldn't or wouldn't ...

Fear death?—to feel the fog in my throat,
The mist in my face,
When the snows begin, and the blasts denote
I am nearing the place,
The power of the night, the press of the storm,
The post of the foe;
Where he stands, the Arch Fear in a visible form ...

But thanks so much for your words and encouragement. I'm currently up to 1909 with the Morgue, but have just found a a dozen letters from JMB to Dolly P that belong in the previous upload, and have spent the evening transcribing them -while playing Scrabble with my brood here in the wilds of north Wales ...

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General topic / Re: Napoleon Script
« on: January 12, 2021, 11:25:35 PM »
It was one I wrote for NBC back in 1998, but never made because Gerard Depardieu beat us to it with his own French production ...
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Peter Pan / Re: “Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Hated Mothers” Script
« on: January 12, 2021, 11:23:30 PM »
I will try and get around to it one day but right now I’m prioritising Peter’s Morgue, which is infinitely more interesting! But thanks for yours anyway ...
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General topic / Re: Come Away Movie Review
« on: January 03, 2021, 11:12:55 PM »
Thanks for saving me the trouble of watching it, although in truth I've never watched nor read any of the PP prequels/sequels ... sounds like the product of one of those Tinseltown studio exec brainstorming sessions - "Hey guys, suppose Alice and Peter were siblings?!"  "Gee, Bud, what a swell idea... now what poor hard-up hack can we get to write up this piece of marketing mish-mash..."
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General topic / Re: Burning Secret
« on: December 20, 2020, 10:29:12 PM »
I'm amazed by your sleuthing... never seen that photo before!  btw, I imagine youTube switched off the comments as they appear to be doing for all films/videos featuring minors, which seems a bit extreme but maybe necessary?
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Peter Pan / Punch's review for the 1905/06 1st revival
« on: December 20, 2020, 08:03:56 PM »
Years ago I was lucky enough to buy a complete run of Punch, from the very first issue in 1842 right up to 1958. I was glancing through the volume for 1906 when I spotted a full page review for the first 1905/06 revival of "Peter Pan, written by "O.S." which I take to have been Owen Seaman.
I can't say I agree with him, particularly his dislike of sentiment oscillating with humour, but let me not bias the opinion of others. I O.S.'s favourite line = "a cry of the heart the most appealing in all of the play - Peter Pan's "Come away, Tink: we don't want any silly mothers." I can't find that line in any of the surviving versions of the play, can you?
Just search for "Punch 1906" in the database ...
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General topic / Re: Peter Pan Statue in Edgmont Park, Brussels
« on: December 13, 2020, 08:25:33 PM »
Fascinating, dear Brutus - I had zero idea!
 
I've lately been transcribing Peter's Morgue*, dictating it into my iPhone, and every session I discover something new, even though I read it cover over a quarter century ago. Nor did we then have the internet, so that now I'm continually googling the various names that crop up. Today's little nugget - apart from yours - was that one of Arthur's medical advisers brought in by Barrie was a fellow named Treves. Ring any bells?  He was played by Anthony Hopkins in David Lynch's movie, The Elephant Man ...

* I'm up to December 1906, having started in 1889 when Arthur and Sylvia first met. If you click the Morgue tag, the entries come up in chronological order, with Peter's comments following the Transcription. I've thought it best to upload it this way as we have scans for some of the letters he includes, plus others that for whatever reason escaped his notice and were not included. Any comments or suggestions most welcome!
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Peter Pan / Re: Disney’s Peter Pan and Wendy
« on: December 12, 2020, 01:11:10 PM »
Never having seen Disney's original, I wouldn't know what to expect ...
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Davies Family / Re: Jack’s Line
« on: November 30, 2020, 11:24:37 PM »
The play was “Little Mary” (1903) with Nina Boucicault playing Moira:

CHILD (popping up). Mother, could I have just one more chocolate?
 MOIRA (severely — rising).
Certainly not.
LORD CARLTON (rises). Oh, yes, let him have one. Here, Billy, catch! Catch! (Goes and flings up chocolate, which BILLY immediately puts in his mouth.)
MOIRA. You will be sick to-morrow, Billy.
 CHILD (with conviction). I shall be sick to-night.


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Peter Pan / Pauline Chase's "My Reminiscences of Peter Pan"
« on: November 22, 2020, 02:27:55 PM »
I thought this long and excellent article (the naff pen drawings of Barrie notwithstanding) had been uploaded years ago , but apparently not, so my apologies, but here it is at last - just search for "My Reminiscences of Peter Pan" in the database documents ...
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JMBarrie / Re: JMB's photography
« on: November 21, 2020, 09:28:41 PM »
No, I didn't delve too much into Barrie's photographic exploits, not least because there wasn't much evidence to go on, other than the photographs themselves, variously spread across different family albums. Nico found a number of original nitrate negatives at the back of an old drawer, from which I made new prints (we had a darkroom in those days), and I've uploaded both negatives and prints to the database.

Barrie had a touch of the "been there, done that" about some of his enthusiasms. He had a camera early on, before the arrival of the Davies boys - see his photos of Bevil Quiller-Couch for instance, which he compiled into an album called "The Pippa & Porthos", but it seems that he lost interest in photography around the time of Sylvia's death. Similarly he was an early enthusiast of cinema, and made a silent movie in 1915 called "The Real Thing at Last", being a parody of Hollywood film-making, but lost interest once Paramount dumped his own screenplay for Peter Pan ...

I've uploaded an article in a Photographic magazine from 1980 - not particularly well-written or informative, and mostly me blabbing to whoever wrote the article, but it does touch on what little we know about Barrie and photography.

btw, I'm gradually replacing all the photographs on this site with higher resolution scans (and without irritating watermarks) in chronological order - I'm up to 1912 - but with so much else going on it will take a while longer; hopefully by this time next year the site will be close to the one I first imagined back in 1999 ...
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Peter Pan / Re: “Peter Pan, or the Boy Who Hated Mothers” Script
« on: November 18, 2020, 08:22:37 PM »
I wrote the adaptation for a French theatrical outfit, who first performed it in Marseilles - I went to the opening and came away very happy - and thereafter toured it around France. The show was filmed by ARTE (the German/Franch TV channel) and broadcast a couple of times. I have a DVD of it somewhere, as well as my script... I'll take another look at it and maybe post it on YouTube - thanks so much for reminding me!
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JMBarrie / Re: J. M. Barrie's personality
« on: November 18, 2020, 12:52:05 PM »
Not sure what the Ps and Js mean, but maybe with respect to Barrie's in/ex-trovertness, it all depended on the space/time in which he found himself. I wouldn't say he was a controller, although he kept a tight rein when it came to rehearsals. I always claim to be the least controlling person I know, but when it comes to making a film I care about, I want dictatorial control in terms of camera set-ups, editing etc. Yet half the pleasure (to me) of filming - or horse-riding or skiing - is the element of chance, of being slightly out of control. As Jean-Luc Godard once advised, "If somone knocks over a lamp, before everyone rushes to pick it up, check that the movie God hasn't given you a better lighting set-up..." 

To bring this back to Barrie, he claimed that before he ever set pen to paper on a new novel/play, "the taking of a myriad of notes first has always been my way", and indeed his own 46 notebooks bear this out. However, in his introduction to "Sentimental Tommy" (one of my favourites), he wrote that "This is not in the smallest degree the book I meant it to be. Tommy ran away with the author..."
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