1998, BBC Scotland
(Shot on November 16, 1998)
Fun. Some remarks below:
quick shot of the blue manuscript… 2:42
nice pan down of a rare pic not seen elsewhere of the scaffolding of the WM by still water! 4:10
same frosted glass on May Morrison’s shop front doors as in the movie.
note the two plant urns by the house Howie goes in (by the harbour house,kkb) try to pin that on map.
Barbara Rafferty explains how she got the job of the woman feeding her baby in the ruined church. She had just had a baby and was breastfeeding her child.
Some nice stills used: the Wicker Man being constructed, the crew setting up the apple blossoming trees…, a shot of a cameraman shooting inside the Wicker Man, a dolly shot…
Most interesting to me is the interview with the man who was supposed to jump off the bridge in the mainland scene that never made it into the movie, though stills exist, interviewed right in front of the bridge at Kirkcudbright! (9:33 into it) Jimmy Kirkpatrick!
various extras but we don’t know what parts they played
- The man who found the frog used in the scene with Myrtle!
- the owner of the bakery, Mickey Harvey (pic), who showed the baker in the movie how to get bread out of the oven
- two of the maypole dancers in the pub…
Jane Jackson, one of the Britt Ekland stand-ins for the dance, or was she?
Nice shot of Willow’s room as it appeared then with the hallway… all on one level. The door opening across from Alder’s door, not near Howies!!! (But where are the stairs and the landing???)
Nice to see Britt’s window from outside in the daylight.
Stewart Hopps as a choreographer, says they got a stripper from London, who he thinks was Miss Peters. She did a bump and grind rather than sensual dance.
(behind the scenes shot of camera being dollied panned up)
So, if Robin and Peter Snell were shut out of the cutting room, who were the two who cut it? THEY would know what scenes were shot… (So would Robin, etc..)
Christopher Lee reads some of the lost lines (grandfather and apple talk). Maybe record them and use them somehow…
Woodward says he has seen three different lengths of the movie as of when the documentary was made in 1998.
Fun to see Tony Roper seeing himself in the scene that was cut.
The snails are copulating “on a large leaf of rhubarb”, according to Christopher Lee.
Spare Wicker Man erected at Cannes. I’d be curious to see more pics of that though I’ve seen a few. Studio changed hands and they “forbade” the film from being shown. (See this AP archive footage (brief - from :44 tp :47) of the Wicker Man at Cannes, 5/11/73!)
Hardy says there were 3 in all.
Hardy says (hero) stood 60’ tall.
Maybe they know how to get pics, etc.
Simon Parsons - listed as "documentary maker" in the Galloway Gazette, 12/4/98, "25 years of myths and legends" article about this, director here.
EW in pub, the baker comes by! woman he sits with was in other room at the time of filming.
EW couldn’t find other locations.
Director: Simon Parsons
© BBC MCMXCVIII 
Series Producer: Richard Downes
Series Editor: May Miller
Camera: Mike Cuthbert, Graham Banks, Vic Kusin
Rostrum Camera: Malcolm Paris
Lighting Electricians: Graham Walker, Stuart Farmer, Peter Smith
Film Editor: Phyllis Ironside
Sound: Allan Cooper, John Crossland, John Gardner
Dubbing Mixer: Derek Livesey
Additional Research: Nicky Coia, Neil McDonald
Production Assistants: Samantha Lockhart, Patricia Wink
With Thanks to: The Logan Botanical Gardens
Allan Brown (journalist)
Robin Hardy (director)
Jake Wright (first assistant director)
Stewart Hopps (choreographer)
Eric Boyd-Perkins (film editor)
John Walters (narrator)