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10 years after Jessie Matthews Centenary
It is at the time of writing 10 years since we celebrated Jessie's Centenary. At the time of the Centenary there were all sorts of plans for film showings, new books, CDs and DVDs with the hope of the occasion rekindling interest and love of all things Jessie Matthews. For my part, apart from special updates for Jessie's homepage, I arranged for popular radio stations (in the UK) to pay tribute with a dedication and some songs, and I wrote a special feature about Jessie's life and her Centenary titled "Over My Shoulder" in the George Formby Society magazine "The Vellum", Winter 2006 issue as below.
Full details of the Centenary celebration are detailed in the feature "Jessie Matthews Centenary Retrospective"
Unfortunately the hard back that was announced in my article for 'The Vellum' was not released due to legal technicalities. I have kept in touch with Author Michael Thornton, and I am still hopeful that Michael will release another book about Jessie at some point in the future.
The Centenary generated new interest in Jessie particularly by the DVD company 'Network'. Since the Centenary, most of Jessie's films have now been released on DVD.
There has been much interest also on YouTube including this very rare treat - home cine footage of Jessie on stage in the show "Come Out To Play" (1940). "Ebay" has had many items of Jessie memorabillia for auction including CDs DVDs, Movie Stills, Publicity flyers, Pressbooks, Theatre Programmes, and much more. Of note there were many beautiful photos. Here are a few that were sold on Ebay last year:
One of the new Jessie resources heralded by the Centenary is the British Film Instuitute's archive of Jessie material archive on line which includes the films "First A Girl" and "Evergreen".You may note when looking at the archive that they have a feature about the 10 best British Musicals. Proud to see that "Evergreen" is one of them. All have full related notes.
The Jessie Matthews Homepage has also been redesigned to be user friendly and was relaunched with the new appropriate domain name (URL) : www.jessiemathews.co.uk. The homepage is compatible with both Windows and Android platforms and is faster and easier to navigate. Jessie's films continue to be broadcast around the world and are screened at special seasons in retrospective cinemas such as The National Film Theatre.
Last but not least over the Summer (2017) following a flood, the 'Really Useful Theatres' company have been restoring the Jessie Matthews Bar at London's Adelphi Theatre in keeping with its original art deco style. For pictures of the newly refurbished Jessie Matthews bar, please visit the 'Really Useful Theatres' website. The Adelphi (or Royal Adelphi as it was previously known, like most West End theatres, has been torn down and reconstructed one or two times over the centuries. The current building opened with "Ever Green" starring Jessie in 1930.
Whilst not every project came to fruition overall the Centenary was a big success and 10 years on Jessie is as much loved the world over as ever.