Ann Michelle and Vicki Michelle with Westropp Irvine from Player and Wills

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Title

Ann Michelle and Vicki Michelle with Westropp Irvine from Player and Wills

Subject

Cork Film Festival, Ann Michelle, Vicki Michelle, Player and Wills, Westropp Irvine, Festival Club

Description

This is a black and white photo of sisters Ann and Vicki Michelle posing with Westropp Irvine from the Player and Wills tobacco company in Ireland. Player and Wills were friends of the film festival and supported it on occasion with a development grant. While this picture appears to be taken at the festival club we know that Player and Wills sometimes held a reception for the festival at their factory headquarters on Dublin’s South Circular Road. The factory was constructed in 1935 for Player and Wills tobacco until its closure in 2005 when the company moved out of Ireland. The Player Wills site is regarded as one of the last remaining quality development sites in the city centre and, as of May 2020, is being considered for redevelopment into c. 400 new homes.   

Both Vicki and Ann Michelle are English actors. Vicki Michelle (1950-), on the right in this photo, is best known for her work in the BBC television series ‘Allo ‘Allo. She has an extensive television and stage career appearing on Celebrity Masterchef (2008), Emmerdale (2007-2009), I’m a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here! (2014). She has also appeared on the Irish sketch show The Mario Rosenstock Show (2012). Michelle played alongside her sister, Ann Michelle (1952-), in The Virgin Witch (Ray Austin, 1971) which was rejected by the British Board of Film Censors before being passed with an X-rating. The cut version was released in 1972 around the time of this photograph. Ann Michelle also had a small role in the British horror-cult film Psychomania (aka The Death Wheelers) (Don Sharp, 1973) starring the Academy Award-winning George Sanders and Beryl Reid. Sanders (1906-1972) died by suicide soon after completing Psychomania.

Creator

University College Cork, Cork Film Festival

Source

Cork Film Festival Collection

Publisher

University College Cork

Date

1972

Rights

This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Please credit the Cork International Film Festival Archive and provide a link back to the site.

Format

Photo
TIFF
JPEG

Language

English, eng

Coverage

1972
Cork, Ireland

Still Image Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Photo

Physical Dimensions

238 x 184mm

Collection

Citation

University College Cork, Cork Film Festival, “Ann Michelle and Vicki Michelle with Westropp Irvine from Player and Wills,” Cork International Film Festival Archive, accessed December 4, 2021, https://corkfilmfest.ucc.ie/items/show/356.