It’s a busy job, being a national treasure – just ask Judi Dench and Michael Caine, aka the hardest working film stars in British cinema!
A new piece of research by the British Film Institute for its Filmography website found that despite being the current hardest working actors, Michael and Judi are unlikely to get the title for the all-time busiest, which goes to Wally Patch (who made 195 films) and Marianne Stone (who made 162).
When it comes to characters, if you get a sense of déjà vu at the cinema, you’re not alone. It seems that when it comes to the classics, British film makers can’t get enough of a reboot. Queen Victoria is the most featured big-screen character, with an impressive 25 films to her name, while London detective Sherlock Holmes has racked up 24. Elementary.
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It’s more than a century since the first British film was made in 1911, and the BFI has discovered that more UK films have been made about war than any other subject, racking up 582 titles. Meanwhile 146 sexy films have been made although, according to the BFI Creative Director Heather Stewart, they’re more ‘titllating, giggly and smutty’ than full-on rude!
Strangely, British film makers have created more films about Europe than Great Britain itself. And if you wondered if the film industry was ever sexist, the answer is sadly yes – with ‘man’ being the most popular word in film titles (211) while ‘woman’ appears less than half that amount, at 71.
The research examined 10,000 films and 250,000 cast members in a truly staggering piece of work.
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