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Friday 25 July 2014

Film classics to feature on stamps

Lawrence Of Arabia is among the films featuring on a new set of stamps
Bend It Like Beckham is one of the films being celebrated
Mike Leigh's Secrets And Lies features on the stamps

Lawrence Of Arabia and Chariots Of Fire are among screen classics to feature in a new series of Royal Mail stamps celebrating the rich history of British film.

Movie experts, film historians and the public helped to choose the titles to be included in the set issued today (May 13), which also includes more recent releases such as Bend It Like Beckham which starred Keira Knightley.

Lawrence Of Arabia star Peter O'Toole agreed to appear on the stamp shortly before his death last year.

His daughter Kate O'Toole said: "Lawrence Of Arabia has stood the test of time and still remains a firm favourite in the hearts of film lovers everywhere. The stamp is a wonderful tribute to my father - and, of course, the film."

Nigel Havers, who played Lord Andrew Lindsay in Chariots Of Fire, said: "It was great to be part of such an iconic film and the essence of the film has been captured with the image used. I will make sure I use the stamp on every letter I send in future."

The earliest in the set is the 1946 film A Matter Of Life And Death, which starred David Niven as an airman who is caught in limbo between the real world and heaven.

Also included are scenes from 2001: A Space Odyssey and Mike Leigh's film Secrets And Lies.

There are also an additional four films included on a miniature sheet focusing on the work of the GPO film unit which created documentaries, animations and information films in the 1930s and 1940s.

Among the films included is Night Mail, produced in 1936, featuring the verse of WH Auden and the music of Benjamin Britten and celebrating the nightly post train from Euston to Glasgow.

Royal Mail spokesman Andrew Hammond said: "This stamp issue takes in landmark films, epics and influential movies that evoke the distinctiveness and quality of British film and story-telling across key genres. We hope they are enjoyed by anyone who has a love of great British film-making at its very best."

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