Hollywood Order for Islay Woollen Mill

The Ileach, Islay's fortnightly newspaper, published a story in their latest issue about the Islay Woollen Mill being involved in a major film production. Not the first as you can read in the article: Gordon Covell at the Islay Woollen Mill is once again working on costumes for a major film production with renowned Hollywood costume designer Joanna Johnson (whose productions include the Spyderwick Chronicles and The X-Men). The Steven Spielberg directed project is an as yet un-named adaptation of the play “War Horse” currently enjoying a successful run at the New London Theatre. The National Theatre production “is a thrilling and spectacular production based on the celebrated novel by Michael Morpurgo.

The First World War is the backdrop for this tale of bravery, loyalty, and the extraordinary bond between a young recruit and his horse. “Actors, working with astonishing life-sized puppets by the internationally renowned Handspring Puppet Company, take audiences on an unforgettable journey through history.” Gordon will be working with Joanna to produce a range of tweeds for suits appropriate to the period. Further updates will be published as the project develops. This will be the fourteenth film that the Islay Woollen Mill has been involved in. Continue reading...

Soon after the publication in the Ileach the national media wrote about it, including the Scotsman: "It is tucked away down a country lane, boasts only five staff and relies on machinery dating back to the Victorian era. Yet the tiny woollen mill on the Hebridean island of Islay has carved out a handy sideline in work for the international film industry. Now the mill is celebrating its biggest coup after being asked to supply costumes for legendary director Steven Spielberg's latest blockbuster. Tweed outfits worn by soldiers in the Oscar-winning filmmaker's forthcoming epic War Horse will be supplied by Islay Woollen Mill. Owner Gordon Covell secured the deal thanks to a long-standing relationship with Hollywood costume designer Joanna Johnston, who is based in England." In the article Gordon says: "We don't particularly do this kind of work for financial reasons, but it's something a bit different for us and is obviously pretty good for publicity." Below a video of the Woollen Mill in which you can hear Gordon and his wonderful machinery.

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