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The Farley blog

Not only do we love what we do, we also love to talk about it! Here are some of the news, views and reviews that we just couldn’t keep to ourselves.

Our visit to the Sir John Soane’s Museum; A must see!

Amongst all of the amazing places to visit in London, there’s one that needs to go straight to the top of your MUST see list and that’s the Sir John Soane’s Museum. We absolutely detest the over used clichés like ‘treasure trove’ and ‘Aladdin’s cave’ but these are most definitely what sprang to mind when we visited last week.

The Joe Farley Award at the NFTS : Our winner for 2016, Rosalind Gregoire

And the winner is…..
Another year and another class of talented Production Design students are making their mark at the National Film and TV School and Francesca and I had the very great pleasure in meeting them last week at the annual Joe Farley Award judging. After only five months on the course, the first year students begin the ten week fantasy project that is submitted for judging. It’s hard to believe that some of them are completely new to technical drawings, drafting and model making as the work is of such a high standard. We are always suitably impressed and this year was no exception, in fact, we think the standard is getting better each year.

Doing it for the girls : Farley judge Best Production Design at the Underwire Festival

The much coveted Underwire Festival 2016 award

This past Saturday I had the great pleasure in presenting the award for Best Production Design at the Underwire Festival. The event took place at the achingly cool Genesis Cinema on Mile End Road and brought together all of the female filmmakers and their crew, friends, family and fellow industry professionals to celebrate their work and award the winner in each category. There were awards from everything from Best Animation, Best Writer and Best Director but the one that we are very proud to sponsor was the Production Design award.

Bigger and better: Hear more about our exciting expansion project.

The new chair racks at Farley

We’ve grown! We’ve been busy here at Farley HQ and have spread our already massive prop collection across another building so we’re now 25% percent bigger than before and have 100,000 square feet of showroom space packed to the gills with furniture, smalls, artwork, lighting and diningware for hire.

How to get the most from our stock search, and other features on our website.

A still of the Farley Prop Hire homepage

Welcome to the Farley website!  We’d like to think that we’ve created a intuitive and user friendly website but there’s never any harm in giving a few extra pointers here and there so that you can really get the most out of the site. There are some great features and we’d hate for you to miss them so here’s a quick guide to the most important ones.

In the spotlight: From spies to ‘Abba’, Production Buyer Gill Farr has worked with them all.

A still from Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy which Gill Farr worked on as production Buyer

This week our featured Production Buyer is Gill Farr who has had an illustrious and impressive career in the industry.  Gill began her journey in Theatre Stage Management, before becoming a trainee Props Buyer at the BBC where her career really took off.  She has worked on many notable film and television productions including ‘The Bourne Ultimatum’, ‘Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’, and one of her own favourites, the hit Abba musical ‘Mama Mia’.  Here Gill kindly gives us an insight into her job, and what she believes it takes to make it in the industry:-

In the spotlight: Film industry Buyer Terry Jones gives us some tricks of the trade

Production buyer Terry Jones's favourite film, Paddington!

This week our featured Production Buyer is Terry Jones. A connoisseur in her field Terry has been working within the industry since 1974 and started her career by completing an apprenticeship within the Props Department at London Weekend Television, which she later managed! Today Terry is found working on a combination of Film and TV productions, her recent favourite being the movie Paddington! She is also a member and Treasurer of the British Film Designers Guild.

Farley through the lens : The talented photographers behind our gallery images

A selection of images from the talented photographers we use.

Trying to choose which beautiful images to use in our galleries was a tricky task. We think we’ve put together a selection that shows the range of our collection and the multitude of ways in which the individual pieces can be used. We couldn’t have done this without the help of the talented photographers that we’ve worked with over the years. Here’s a run down of the individuals and teams that have made up the bulk of our gallery images. As our stock evolves, so do our images, and no doubt new faces will be added, so check back if you want to know more.

A fitting solution for our fine art collection: New racking and displays at Spiller

Fine art racking at Spiller

With the largest collection of oil paintings, prints, watercolours, abstracts, engravings and sculptures, our Spiller department is one of the finest collections of art outside of a gallery (in our humble opinion!), and better yet, everything’s available to hire. Storing the collection and then finding particular pieces is a challenge but we think we’ve cracked it. 

The Secret Life of Objects: VIDEO

The Secret Life of Objects

We had this video made as a little documentary about us. It ended up being more about the props themselves. This is a 3 minute trailer for the real thing, which is a half hour long.