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Davies Family / Re: Davies photo album for sale at Sotheby's
« on: November 29, 2018, 05:04:04 PM »
It is believed the album got given away or sold after Rivvy's death in his care home and it ended up with a local second hand bookseller. It is possible that the staff just assumed it was just an ordinary old photo album, not realising who the people in the photographs were. The second hand bookseller knew what he had, though.  At least it's been found again and is now in good hands.
Peter Pan / Re: Peter Pan quote?
« on: November 25, 2018, 04:06:43 PM »
Well, I'm sorry to disappoint you but your favourite quote is not by JM Barrie nor is it from his Peter Pan - as discussed previously on this thread! It's a misquote from either the film Hook or Finding Neverland, although no-one had identified it for sure. All we can confirm is that it's definitely not by Barrie, far too sentimental for him.
Davies Family / Re: Michael as Peter Pan
« on: November 25, 2018, 04:03:00 PM »
Yes, that was the missing album. There was indeed a discussion about this on this forum at the time of the Sotheby's sale, but you must have missed it! It's on the second page of the Davies Family section, originally posted by ecb under the subject "Davies photo album for sale at Sotheby's".
Hi Daria

It appears the Peter Scott portrait of Barrie is now in the Beinecke Library, Yale University : However, having ownership of the painting does not necessarily mean the Library also owns its copyright, as this might have been inherited by Peter's son, Falcon Scott. If any case, I should think the Beinecke would be able to help you.

I don't know anything about Elisabeth Bergner's pictures but as you may know, the Beinecke has the largest collection of archives relating to Barrie so they may be able to help you (although I can't see them listed in their database).

Another person who may be of help is the French author (and expert on JMB) who runs the Facebook page of Sir James Matthew Barrie ( whom you could contact by sending her a message via FB. She has done extensive research on Barrie and contemporary actors who performed in his plays.

Good luck with your research and your book!

General topic / Re: Filming Locations of the Lost Boys
« on: May 29, 2018, 12:28:43 PM »
I haven't been to Longleat for years so I can't say I remember the trees but I'm sure it must have evergreen trees such as fir and cedar as it's such a huge estate. Such as shame it couldn't be filmed at Black Lake itself, but as it's a private property, it's not easy to gain access.
New to / Re: Lost Boys BBC Mini-Series Script?
« on: May 29, 2018, 12:25:07 PM »
I'm so glad you finally were able to get the subtitles and fully enjoyed watching it. I wonder why Region 1 versions don't bother with subtitles? They're so useful.

And yes, I agree, watching the story unfold is so moving, particularly the final part. Such a sad story, beautifully interpreted by all the cast.
New to / Re: Lost Boys BBC Mini-Series Script?
« on: April 05, 2018, 08:02:12 AM »
How annoying is that - and surprising - that the US version doesn't have subtitles? Anyway, it's good you can also play the Region 2 dvd, and I hope you can finally get your hands on a copy and enjoy the series - without sacrificing your daily chocolate!.

New to / Re: Lost Boys BBC Mini-Series Script?
« on: April 04, 2018, 03:37:00 PM »
Good, glad it worked!

I should have thought of checking first on the DVD - which I've just done on my copy, and yes, it does have subtitles. I assume the Region 1 US version would also, and you can buy it on Amazon:

Haha, I was being restrained about what I thought of Finding Neverland - I too thought it was unwatchable. I had to keep fast-forward it when it became too mawkishly sentimental and without any of Barrie's whimsy and humour. The ending of the film was just too much - you did the right thing not to watch it! And why did they have to leave out poor Arthur LD and the fifth boy, Nico?
New to / Re: Lost Boys BBC Mini-Series Script?
« on: April 04, 2018, 02:03:05 PM »

I'm sorry to hear about your loss of hearing, and subsequent difficulties in being able to understand the dialogue in The Lost Boys. I'm also sorry you haven't been able to access the script via this website... There have been a few glitches in the database in recent times, and the website is due to be re-hauled at some stage but unfortunately, lack of manpower (i.e. someone who has the time and knowledge to do this!) and resources has meant this hasn't happened as yet.

However, I am pleased to say you can access the script via The Lost Boys (TV series) Wikipedia page, by clicking on the external link The Lost Boys Screenplay (which funnily enough, takes you back to the site!).

I hope this will work for you and you will be able to enjoy the mini-series again! It is the best film ever made of JMB's life with the Llewelyn Boys, and puts to shame Finding Neverland.
Peter Pan / Re: Is PETER PAN in the public domain?
« on: April 01, 2018, 09:25:07 AM »
Yes and no, as explained above. The play Peter Pan is actually still in copyright until 2023 in the US so royalties are still due on US stage productions.

In the UK, all works by Barrie are in the public domain, but any book, film, stage adaptations of the story of Peter Pan would come under the special terms of the Copyright, Designs & Patents Act which granted Great Ormond Street Hospital a right to royalties in perpetuity (which isn't a copyright).

None of this applies to Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens or The Little White Bird which are in the public domain the world over.
Peter Pan / Re: Is PETER PAN in the public domain?
« on: January 13, 2018, 01:45:02 PM »
Hi. Actually, that's not quite right: it is only in the US that the play is still in copyright, but not the novel. In the UK (and the rest of Europe), ALL works by Barrie are out of copyright.

Great Ormond Street Hospital have a right to royalty on all commercial productions and adaptations on the original story (granted uniquely by the Copyright Designs & Patents Act of 1988) but this does not apply to sequels, prequels or other derivative works in the UK. So no royalties would be due on your pantomime, as it's a sequel..

The only thing I would warn against is using in your sequel elements that originate from other non-Barrie sources e.g. Disney, Spielberg's Hook, Peter and the Starcatchers etc, which would  come under a different copyright. 

Good luck with it!
Database / Re: Notebooks
« on: September 26, 2017, 01:07:19 PM »
Hi. I'm sorry that you are experiencing difficulties searching and viewing material on the database. The whole website is hopefully going to be updated and made easier to manoeuvre in the near future but it might take some time since the administrators can only do this in their spare time (of which they have little). In the meantime, the Beinecke Library might be able to help.

Peter Pan / Re: Screening of 1924 Peter Pan silent film
« on: September 20, 2017, 07:02:40 PM »
Fantastic news, sounds like it will be a fun event. I've passed on the news to the JM Barrie Literary Society so that they can share the announcement on their Facebook page. Have you sent it to JM Barrie's Birthplace in Kirriemuir for their FB page also?
JMBarrie / Re: Furniture from Barrie's Adelphi flat
« on: September 13, 2017, 08:24:47 AM »
It would be great if the chair could be acquired by a museum so that it could be enjoyed by the general public. Good luck with that and do keep us updated!
JMBarrie / New production of Dear Brutus November 2017!
« on: September 10, 2017, 07:58:59 AM »
Southwark Theatre in London has just announced their new production of Dear Brutus, 29 November-30 December 2017.  From their website:

The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.

1917. In a remote English village there are rumours of an enchanted wood. One of the inhabitants – a mysterious old man – invites eight strangers to stay. They all have something in common. When, one evening, the wood miraculously appears the guests feel compelled to enter. What happens there has the power to change their lives forever…

From J. M. Barrie, the celebrated writer of Peter Pan, The Admirable Crichton and Quality Street, comes this haunting drama of self-revelation. Darkly comic, and presented in a sumptuous production for the play’s centenary year, Dear Brutus is Barrie at his most magical."

More coverage about the announcement here:
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