Janina Faye

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Dracula (1958)

Janina Faye - 2008
Photo credit: Frazer Brown

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With Melissa Stribling in
Dracula (1958)

Photo Gallery 1
Photos, playbills, posters
Photo Gallery 2
A pictorial history

 

Upcoming Events:

Festival of Fantastic Films, Manchester:
31st October - November 2nd, 2014

Returning after an absence of many years, Janina will be one of the guests of honour at the 25th Festival of Fantastic Films, Britain's longest-running genre film festival.

The full weekend event will be held at the Manchester Conference Centre, and to celebrate the Festival's 25th anniversary, membership cost has been rolled back to just £25, the rate charged at the first Festival in 1990.


 

London Film Convention:
November 8th, 2014

Janina will again be a featured guest at the London Film Convention on Saturday November 8th at the Central Hall, Westminster, London.

The convention hopes to run some clips from Dr Jekyll and Never Take Sweets, and to feature an interview with Janina.


 

 

Past Events:

London Film Memorabilia Convention:
November 9th, 2013

Janina was a featured guest at the London Film Memorabilia Convention on Saturday November 9th at the Grand Central Hall, Westminster, London.

Photo of Janina at the Memorabilia Convention courtesy of and copyright © 2013 Mark Mawston.

The convention is held six times a year, and the November event was the “Hammer Horror Film Day.” Wayne Kinsey was also there, bringing his new book “The Peter Cushing Scrapbook” for which Janina wrote “a little something”!

Janina sends this message:

I'd like to thank all those lovely people who took the trouble to come and see me, some from as far away as Germany and Holland! I am very flattered .

Best Wishes,

       Janina

Click here for the brochure with detailed guest list.

 

The Flicker Club Presents Hammer: February 2012

On Saturday February 18th at 3pm, as part of the the Vault Festival at the Old Vic Tunnels, Janina read from Bram Stoker's Dracula to introduce a screening of the Hammer Dracula (1958) in which she played Tania.

From the Vault Festival site:

the flicker club presents Hammer: classics and cutting edge.

… something wicked this way comes…

We are thrilled and slightly scared to announce that the flicker club has formed an unholy alliance with the mighty Hammer, Britain's legendary house of horror.

And where is this marvellous madness taking place?

At VAULT, in the dark dank depths of The Old Vic Tunnels … where else …

… are you sitting uncomfortably…? Then we'll begin…

 

Kingston Junior Drama Company: May 2011

Janina has dedicated her life to acting and the theatre, and for many years she has been teaching drama to young actors. Since 2008 Janina has also been Patron of the Kingston Junior Drama Company, a drama company for young people aged 10 - 14. Here she is pictured at a promotional event with Ed Davey, MP, and some of the children from the company.

Image courtesy of David Lawson Lean, Kingston Junior Drama Company

More information on the Kingston Junior Drama Company may be found at the company's website

Read Janina's previous messages here.

Janina at the Southend-on-Sea Film Festival: April/May 2011

Janina was a guest at the Southend-on-Sea Film Festival (28 April to 2 May 2011), where she introduced screenings of two of her films, Day of the Triffids and Never Take Sweets From a Stranger, and was also interviewed by Paul Cotgrove.

Paul Cotgrove is the Southend Festival's director, and in 1999 Janina appeared as Nurse Foley in his short horror film, Green Fingers, which also features the late Ingrid Pitt.

Photos from the Festival are courtesy of Ian Treherne and Niki Cornish.

Janina News

• February 18th, 2012: Janina read from Bram Stoker's Dracula to introduce a screening of the Hammer Dracula (1958) in which she played Tania. This was part of the Flicker Club's presentations at the Vault Festival at the Old Vic Tunnels, February 9th through 26th.

• August 2011: The long-lost Anthony Newley TV series from 1960, The Strange World of Gurney Slade, is finally available on DVD. In episode 5 a young Janina played herself, with lots of screen time. See photos in the gallery.

• February 2009: The list of Janina's television roles has been updated and new photos added to the gallery.

• 1962's Don't Talk to Strange Men, in which Janina plays the part of Ann Painter, was released on DVD in the UK on 24 September 2007. Janina notes that this was "an excellent cautionary B-Movie of its time."

The DVD is available from play.com or hmv.co.uk. Here's the synopsis:

A young girl accepts a lift home from a stranger. Moments later she lies dead; another victim of the murderer who is targeting young, impressionable women. Whilst Christina (Jean Painter) is waiting for a bus on a deserted country lane she answers the ringing telephone in the public callbox. She begins to chat with the charming stranger and arranges for the man to call her at the callbox the next night. Fearful for her safety, Christina's parents forbid her to go out alone at night whilst the murderer is still at large. But Christina continues her schoolgirl dalliances with her romantic stranger and arranges to meet him on a dark and lonely night at the callbox.

• UK TV Channel 5 showed Day of the Triffids in its ‘The Best of Disaster’ series, and as part of this episode Janina appeared in an interview about the making of the film.

• Janina was a special guest at an evening dinner with the members of The Horror Show at the George Inn in London, celebrating 25 years of fear, 1981-2006. Janina reports: “A lovely group. I was treated to a great meal, and I spoke briefly to them about Dracula and Never Take Sweets from a Stranger. That was followed by a signing and a showing of Dracula.”

Janina appeared at the Memorabilia show at the NEC in Birmingham on August 14th and 15th, 2004, where she was available to meet fans and sign autographs. Click here to see photos of Janina at the show.

Personally inscribed photos of Janina are available again

Janina's memories of Eddie Powell

Interview with Janina in
the Cushing Confidential, November 2001

Illustrated article from Theatre World, May 1961,
on Janina's performance as the young Helen Keller
in "The Miracle Worker" at the Royalty Theatre.

Janina's Recommended Reading: Wayne Kinsey's excellent book, Hammer Studios:The Bray Years, published in November 2002, sold out its first printing and has gone back to press. It's available in the USA from Amazon.com, and can also be ordered from Amazon UK.

Click here to read a very good review of the book.

 

Janina Faye - An Introduction
by Harry Nadler
(Late founder of The Festival of Fantastic Films, Manchester, UK)

I first met Janina Faye in the summer of 1958.

I was just 17 and sitting in the circle of Manchester's Theatre Royal Cinema. But Janina couldn't see me, she wasn't in that audience - she was up on the giant silver screen in a Technicolor Hammer movie entitled DRACULA. Janina played Tanya, the little girl of the Holmwood's housekeeper. She was the centrepoint of that delightful scene with Peter Cushing, who having saved her from the clutches of a vampire, wraps his overcoat around her to keep out the morning cold and gives her his silver crucifix for protection while he re-enters the crypt to put "Aunt Lucy" to rest forever. It's a wonderfully poignant scene.

But I wasn't to know then that almost forty years later, in September 1997 (again in Manchester), I'd meet Janina face to face. The occasion this time was the 9th Festival of Fantastic Films and she came along as our Guest of Honour at the request of our Chairman Gil Lane-Young. So we all owe Gil a great debt of thanks, because the adult Janina Faye is one of the most wonderful people we have ever met in the 11 years of The Festival of Fantastic Films.

Her career as an actress includes theatre and television in addition to the many films she has appeared in and although her main fantasy and horror films were made when she was very young (Dracula, Day of the Triffids, Never Take Sweets From a Stranger etc), her adult work includes a formidable range of roles. There's even a stage version of Dracula with Janina playing the part of Lucy Holmwood... and looking absolutely stunning!

Anyone who has had the good fortune to see Janina act on the large or small screen or even better, at a live stage performance, will know just how talented she is. Her resounding theatre success was undoubtedly in 'The Miracle Worker' (the story of Helen Keller). Laurence Olivier was in the audience, and was so impressed that he brought her flowers backstage and personally asked her to join the National Theatre - which she did.

If you meet her to talk to at a movie convention you cannot fail to come away with memories of a beautiful lady with a wonderful smile and a genuine warmth. I am most privileged to feel that we at the Manchester event have become personal friends of Janina and could not think of a future Festival of Fantastic Films without enjoying the great pleasure of her company.

(With thanks to Stephen Laws)

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Never Take Sweets
From A Stranger (1960)

Harry Nadler and Janina Faye at the Festival of Fantastic Films (1997)

With Howard Keel in
The Day of the Triffids (1962)

Films

Title Studio Date Part Played
       
Circus Friends CFF 1956  
Sea Wife MGM 1957  
No Time For Tears Associated British 1957  
The Story Of Esther Costello Shepperton 1957 Young Esther
Seven Thunders Pinewood 1957 French Child
Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw Pinewood 1958  
Dracula Hammer 1958 Tania
The Adventures of Hal 5 CFF 1958 Moira
The Headless Ghost Merton Park Studios 1959 Veronica (uncredited)
Room At The Top Romulus 1959  
Floods Of Fear Rank 1959  
We Are Seven Associated British   Irish Girl
The Two Faces Of Doctor Jekyll Hammer 1960 Jane
Never Take Sweets From A Stranger Hammer 1960 Jean Carter
Bobbikins   1960 Voice Of Bobbikins
Hands Of Orlac Shepperton 1961 Child
The Dick Turpin Story Four Seasons Productions   Mary
The Day Of The Triffids Security Pictures 1962 Susan
Don't Talk To Strange Men Romulus 1962 Ann Painter
The Beauty Jungle (aka Contest Girl) Rank 1964 Elaine
Dance Of Death BHE Films 1968 Judith
The Smashing Bird I Used To Know
aka School for Unclaimed Girls (1969)
aka Hell House Girls
aka House of Unclaimed Women
  1969 Susan
Destiny Of A Spy TV Movie 1969 Elena Vanin
John Keats, His Life And Death Encylopedia Britannica Films  1973 Fanny Brawne
Green Fingers Big H Productions 1999 Nurse Foley


Television

Production Company   Part Played
       
The Flying Doctor ABPC 1959 Sally
The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer BBC 1960 Becky Thatcher
The Screaming Woman Rediffusion 1960 Margaret
The Strange World Of Gurney Slade ATV 1960 Herself
The World Of Tim Frazer BBC 1960 Anya
Emergency Ward Ten ATV 1961 Susan Fields
Probation Officer Rediffusion 1961 Jenny Seton
Vice Versa BBC 1961 Barbara Bultitude
Z Cars - "Lucky Accident" BBC 1961 Kate Carr
A Child In The House BBC 1962 Elizabeth Lorimer
Hedgehog BBC 1962  
Emerald Soup ABC 1963 Jo Maxwell
The Human Jungle - 'Thin Ice' ATV 1963 Verity Clarke
Theatre 625 - My Grandmother BBC 1964  
Brindle (aka One of those Days)
TV Pilot Series With Alfie Bass
    Millie
Cluff - "The Manufacturer’s Wife" BBC 1964 Margaret Landless
Tomorrow Just You Wait BBC 1965 Sheila
The World of Wooster – "Jeeves and the Indian Summer of an Uncle" BBC 1966 Maid
All Gas And Gaiters BBC 1967  
Armchair Theatre - "The Girl" ABC 1967 Felicity Mellors
Comedy Playhouse - "Uncle Fred Flits By" BBC1 1967 Julia Parker
The Beauty Operators ITV 1969  
Boy Meets Girl - A Name in Lights BBC 1969 Tamara
Inside Man  - "Revenge For A Visitor" ITV 1969  
Much Ado About Nothing BBC 2 1969  
The Rivals BBC2 1969 Lucy
ITV Saturday Night Theatre -"Toys" YTV 1969 Jenny
Marriage Lines BBC   Pauline
Lucky Jim BBC    
Same Sky BBC   Reeny Brodsky
Canterbury Tales - "The Merchant's Tale" BBC 1970  
Little Women BBC 1970 Amy
Put Out More Flags BBC 1970 Poppet Green
Byron BBC 1970 Teresa Guiccioli
Jackanory - "The Armourers House" BBC 1971 Storyteller
Rainbow   1970 Storyteller
Likely Lads BBC    
Oh Brother BBC    
That's The Way The Money Goes BBC   Doreen
The Fenn Street Gang - "Kill or Cure"   1971  
Please Sir - "Catch a Falling Dropout" LWT   Hermione
Doctor At Large - "Pull The Other One" ITV 1971 Susan Collier
Napoleon And Love Thames TV 1974 Caroline
Angels BBC 1975
1983
Linda Hollis
Cynthia Harris
Thriller - "Good Salary, Prospects, Free Coffin"
(US title: "Mirror of Deception")
ITV 1975 Wendy Philips
My Brothers Keeper Granada 1975-6  
Life Begins At Forty YTV 1978-80  
Wilde Alliance - "Things That Go Bump" YTV 1978 The Girl
The Bill -"'Homebeat" ITV 1984 Mrs. Pullen
The Bill - "Girls Night" Thames TV 1996 Joanne Wilding

Theatre

Production Theatre Date Part Played
       
The Most Happy Fella Coliseum 1956  
The Miracle Worker Wyndham 1961 Helen Keller
Where's Teddy Wyndham 1964 Mary Brown
Spiders Web Flora Robson Playhouse   Pippa
The Crucible The National Theatre Company 1964 Betty Parris
Love For Love The National Theatre Company 1965 Jenny
A Bond Honoured The National Theatre Company 1966 Lidora
The Dance Of Death The National Theatre Company (also released as a film version of the National Theatre production in 1969) 1967 Judith
The Owl And The Pussycat Went To See...... Jeannetta Cochrane Theatre, Southampton Row, London 1973 Pussycat
Little Women Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon 1976 Jo
Ten Little Niggers Theatre Royal, Windsor 1978 Vera Claythorne
The Owl And The Pussycat Went To See......   1978, 1979 Pussycat
Complaisant Lover   1979 Ann
Dandy Dick   1979 Sheba
The Norman Conquests   1979 Ruth
Wait Until Dark   1979 Gloria
Aladdin   1980 Wishee
Dangerous Corner   1980 Betty Whitehouse
The Boyfriend   1982 Hortense
Once A Catholic   1982 Mary Mooney
Tissue   1983  
Abigail's Party   1983 Beverly
Seasons Greetings Shangri-La/British Airways Dinner Theatre 1984 Pattie
Swag Hornchurch 1984 Sonia

Click here for an alphabetical listing of all Janina's roles

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Links to Related Sites

Hammerweb - The Official Website of Hammer Film Productions Limited

The Festival of Fantastic Films - held in Manchester, England, every year

The Peter Cushing Museum and Association

Wayne Kinsey publishes the excellent Hammer fanzine: The House That Hammer Built.
Issue 15 includes 'Bray Studios Revisited', which goes behind the scenes at Hammer's legendary
studio with former production manager Hugh Harlow; the second instalment of a series
on Hammer's special effects technicians; a story on Hammer's stunt men
(which includes  a tribute to the late Eddie Powell); and the first part
of a detailed look at Peter Cushing's career with the company.

For more information, contact Wayne at:
Peveril, Millway, Barnby, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 7PS, UK.

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