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About tonyearnshaw

I'm a journalist, broadcaster and award-winning writer specialising in the cinema. I've been the film critic for Yorkshire Television on shows such as Tonight, Lunchtime Live, The Buzz and New Visions. Since 1995 I've been the film critic for the Yorkshire Post and for the last two years for Andrew Edwards' Show on BBC Radio Leeds. Between 2000 and 2011 I was artistic director of Bradford International Film Festival and in 2002 I created the Fantastic Films Weekend which I directed for 10 editions. Above all I'm a film fan. Just like you.

Tony’s winter movie jumble now underway

IMG_2305I have 25 years’ worth of stills, press kits and other goodies in my archives, and I’m staring to sell them off.

Here is my first list. More to come. Email me on antony_earnshaw@sky.com if you’re interested in anything.

PRESS KITS FOR SALE

Absolute Power – colour synopsis/cast list, production brochure

The Abyss: Special Edition – 5 b/w stills and production notes

A Good Man in Africa – 3 b/w stills, colour synopsis card, production notes

A.I. Artificial Intelligence – colour folder with production notes

Alien – colour folder with production notes

Alien 3 – colour folder with 5 b/w stills and production notes SOLD

Alien Resurrection – Colour synopsis card, production notes

Alien vs. Predator – production notes

Army of Darkness – colour cast list, production notes, 2 b/w stills

The Avengers (TV series) – 10 b/w stills for 1990s Lumiere VHS release, plus notes, VHS video covers Batman begins – colour folder and production notes

Batman – 8 b/w stills

Batman Forever – 9 b/w stills, production notes and cast list (with biro marks)

Batman Forever – production notes

Batman Returns – colour folder with 10 b/w stills and production notes

Bats – production notes

Beetlejuice – production notes IMG_2305

Big Trouble in Little China – synopsis/cast list (1 page)

The Blair Witch Project (1999) – colour brochure and 2 b/w stills

The Blair Witch Project (1999) – colour brochure with 11 b/w stills and production notes

Day of the Dead (1985) – production notes – WILL COPY ONLY

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – production notes

The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers – 52-page production brochure SOLD

Lost Highway – 4 b/w stills, 1 colour postcard

Michael Collins – colour folder with 13 b/w stills, colour synopsis and production notes RESERVED

Michael Collins – 11 b/w stills

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – 3 b/w stills, 2 colour stills

Night of the Living Dead (1990) – production notes – WILL COPY ONLY

Point Blank – 1 b/w still, 2 postcards, production notes for re-release SOLD

Razor Blade Smile – production notes

Return of the Living Dead Part II – colour brochure/cast list with production notes

Rolling Stones At the Max – production notes in colour folder

Seven – 3 b/w stills with production notes in glossy black folder

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie – 4 b/w stills and production notes

Terminator 2: Judgment Day – colour brochure, colour sticker and production notes

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me – 5 b/w stills and colour brochure

The Wind and the Lion – 1 b/w still

Withnail & I – 2 b/w stills SOLD

The World is Not Enough – 8 colour transparencies

Wrong is Right – 1 b/w still

 

 

 

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O2 Media Awards Yorkshire

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It was gratifying to receive a nomination as Best Writer in this year’s O2 Media Awards Yorkshire, which take place next week (September 28) in Leeds.

My category looks like this:

Tony Earnshaw – The Yorkshire Post

Roberta Mothersdale – The Dalesman

Helen Mead – Bradford Telegraph & Argus

Ian McMillan – The Dalesman

Kevin Shoesmith – Hull Daily Mail

It’s a solid line-up with poet Ian McMillan, the Bard of Barnsley, being a particularly strong contender.

My old home The Yorkshire Post has a total of nine nominations, with Tony Johnson and James Hardisty both up for Image of the Year (Still photography), the YP investigations team up for Best Team, Rob Parsons and Rob Waugh up for News Reporter (Print), Rob Parsons up for Most Memorable (Print), Dave Craven as Sports Journalist, and then for Best Magazine and Best Newspaper (Daily).

And the Huddersfield Daily Examiner, for which I’ve been working as a freelance for the last year, is nominated as Best Newspaper (Daily) and for On-Line Journalism.

It will be good to catch up with colleagues old and new. I suspect it will be a boozy affair. I, of course, will behave impeccably…

 

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Brady music quiz leaves BBC stunned

Ian-Brady23454If you’ve read the papers today you’ll have seen stories on this frankly bizarre piece of radio programming. As I’m writing about the taboos around serial killers for my MA I am looking at Ian Brady and our responses to him. However I never expected this

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We are the Martians… landing soon!

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I’m pleased and proud to be among the contributing writers to this magnificent piece, edited by Neil Snowdon. It allowed me to make contact with, and meet, the legendary TV director Herbert Wise and to speak with him about his version of The Woman in Black. The film was adapted for TV by Nigel Kneale, which is why Herbie’s interview (along with producer Chris Burt) is in this book. Sadly the implosion of the original publisher Spectral Press meant the book has been massively delayed; in the intervening period Herbie sadly died. However I know he would have approved of this book and its championing of his film.

Read more on its imminent release by PS Publishing here.

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HorrorCon 2017 – another winner

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It was a lot of fun hosting Q&As at this year’s HorrorCon – the third and the best so far.

My duties were with Heather Langenkamp – Nancy Thompson from A Nightmare on Elm Street. And what a lot of fun she was. (Image above by Scott Kellaway)

The first of our interviews has popped up on YouTube. So if you could’t get along to HorrorCon to see her in the flesh, here she is courtesy of someone’s iPhone.

Great to see lots of friends, and to hook up with me old mate Christopher Frayling. That’s Professor Sir Christopher Frayling to the rest of you…

Enjoy. And maybe see you next year.

HorrorCon guest pic

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Extra! Extra!

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Look close at tonight’s transmission of King Charles III on BBC2 and you may see me in the background as a Member of Parliament.

My scenes were shot in the Council Chamber at Bradford City Hall last December. The key sequence featured King Charles (the late, great and much lamented Tim Pigott-Smith, above) entering Parliament and taking on the assembled MPs.

I’m just one of about 60 extras in that scene, all waving our papers and making a great deal of noise about the king and his controversial speech.

King Charles III blurb

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TV debut for The First Film

12243381_1087121271306271_1405922919681207111_nA labour of love for its director, The First Film receives its TV debut this coming Sunday, March 5, on Film Four.

The First Film is the story of Louis Le Prince, the ex-pat Frenchman who invented moving pictures in Leeds, Yorkshire, in October 1888.

One of the key moments in the documentary is the recreation, 125 years to the day, of ‘Roundhay Garden Scene’, a brief sequence shot by Le Prince and widely regarded as the first film ever shot. I was privileged to be a part of it.

I wrote about Le Prince and his pioneering work in my 2008 book Made in Yorkshire, which is referenced in The First Film. A marvellous piece of detective work, it is a long overdue tribute to a remarkable man.

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Rondo Hatton rears his head again

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I was delighted to see my name among the nominees for this year’s Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards.

The nod  – my fourth – is for my 2016 release FANTASTIQUE – Interviews with Horror, Sci-Fi & Fantasy Filmmakers, published by BearManor Media, a book that has been well-received and reviewed and that I’m particularly proud of.fantastiq-front-cover-final

But there’s some stiff competition from other books and other writers including my friends and colleagues Dennis Bartok and Jon Towlson. What’s more the compendium Unsung Horrors, to which I contributed, is also up for the same award. So I am competing against myself!

The voting ballot is here.

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Bound for Bradford

trinity_oct12_4419-cr2-pI’ll be at the University of Bradford this afternoon at the invitation of Dr Mark Goodall to give a lecture to students on film journalism.

There have been a few of these recently, including a masterclass/workshop at Sheffield Hallam (for Dr Sheldon Hall) and another over at Leeds Trinity for my good friend Liz Rymer.

Here I am in full flow…

 

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New life on DVD

s-l400A few years ago I did a day’s work on The War I Knew, a WWII adventure written and directed by Ian Vernon.

I’m always up for being in a movie, and the attraction of this one was a glorious death scene. That and poncing around holding a Schmeisser sub-machine gun.

Anyway, on one of the hottest days of the summer me and some war re-enactment chaps did our bit to defend a farmstead from an attack by a ragbag band of allied troops. Naturally we all got blasted to bits; I was particularly pleased with my death scene.

The film is now out on DVD, retitled D-Day Survivor. Have a look.

 

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