Life after Flash
Written & directed by Lisa Downs, Life after Flash is a feature documentary that explores the life of Sam J Jones since his iconic performance as ‘Flash Gordon’ in the 1980 classic of the same name, and the aftermath of the young star’s clash with one of Hollywood’s biggest legends, producer Dino De Laurentiis.
Wayne Kinsey - Inside Bray Studios
Wayne Kinsey has published an excellent new book, Inside Bray Studios. This 344-page large-format book is a comprehensive full-colour history of the Hammer Films studios, and is available directly from Wayne at his Peveril Publishing website.
Wayne also has a Facebook page for Peveril Publishing.
Upcoming and Recent Events:
The London Film Fair:
Janina was scheduled to be a special guest at this one-day event on Sunday April 19th at the Royal National Hotel, near Russell Square, but it was cancelled during the pandemic lockdown.
The 30th Festival of Fantastic Films:
Janina was again a guest at this long-running fan-friendly festival.
Other guests included Norman J Warren, Giannetto De Rossi, Deirdre Costello, Pauline Peart, Laurence Gordon Clark, Dana Gillespie.
Oakley Court Film & Movie Memorabilia Fair:
Janina was a special guest at this one-day event on Sunday February 24th at the The Oakley Court in Windsor, which was also the site of a successful fair in October 2018. Oakley Court was a filming location for many Hammer and Amacus movies.
Other guests included Caroline Munro, Wayne Kinsey, Graham Humphreys, and Leigh Took.
• 1960's Never Take Sweets from a Stranger, in which Janina plays the part of Jean Carter, has a new release on Blu-ray from Criterion. Janina notes that this includes an interview with her, and the release is part of a four-disc set with three other classic "Criminal Intent" films from Hammer's 1958-1961 output. The Blu-ray box set is available from Amazon UK and Amazon USA.
• On 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."
• 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.
Illustrated article from Theatre World, May 1961,
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.
Janina Faye - An Introduction
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
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)
Never Take Sweets
Harry Nadler and Janina Faye at the Festival of Fantastic Films (1997)
With Howard Keel in
|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|
(Horror of Dracula in the USA)
|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
|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|
|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|
|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
|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|
|ITV Saturday Night Theatre -"Toys"||YTV||1969||Jenny|
|Same Sky||BBC||Reeny Brodsky|
|Canterbury Tales - "The Merchant's Tale"||BBC||1970|
|Put Out More Flags||BBC||1970||Poppet Green|
|Jackanory - "The Armourers House"||BBC||1971||Storyteller|
|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|
|Thriller - "Good Salary, Prospects, Free Coffin"
(US title: "Mirror of Deception")
|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|
|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|
|The Norman Conquests||1979||Ruth|
|Wait Until Dark||1979||Gloria|
|Dangerous Corner||1980||Betty Whitehouse|
|Once A Catholic||1982||Mary Mooney|
|Seasons Greetings||Shangri-La/British Airways Dinner Theatre||1984||Pattie|
Click here for an alphabetical listing of all Janina's roles
Website Questions? Email the WebMaster
Links to Related Sites
Hammerweb - The Official Website of Hammer Film Productions Limited
The Festival of Fantastic Films - held in Manchester, England, every year
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.
|As of March 2020, personally inscribed photographs of Janina are temporarily unavailable because of restrictions on movement during the pandemic. Check back here for further updates when the situation is resolved.|
|Dracula 1||Dracula 2||Triffids|
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