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The golden age of Hollywood


The golden age of Hollywood

The sixth annual Wirehive 100 is almost upon us and we are more excited than ever.

Each year we look for ways to outdo the previous. In 2015 we introduced a theme for the evening with ‘A night at the theatre’ to complement the theatre setting at G Live. Last year we whisked everyone away for ‘A night in Monte Carlo’ at Mercedes Benz World. This year we are transporting everyone back to ‘The golden age of Hollywood’ for an entertainment packed night at the O2 Guildhall, Southampton.

An Affair to Remember, 1957

As always we are keeping the exact details of the night close to our chest, but we can assure you that we’re going all out. To set the scene, we thought we’d tease you with a little insight into the inspiration for the theming.

The Thrill of it All, 1963

The golden age of Hollywood lasted from the end of the silent era in the late 1920’s until the early 1960’s, when thousands of films were released from the studios. The films generally adhered to one of the following five formulas: Western, Slapstick Comedy, Musical, Animated and Biographical

The same directors and creative teams would often work together on multiple films by the same studio, meaning that you could usually guess the studio by the actors who appeared in it. At one time, MGM claimed it had contacted “more stars than there are in heaven”. Some of the most well names from this era include:

  • Marilyn Monroe

  • Elizabeth Taylor

  • Audrey Hepburn

  • Ginger Rogers

  • Grace Kelly

  • Ingrid Bergman

  • Humphrey Bogart

  • Fred Astaire

  • Laurel & Hardy

  • Cary Grant

  • James Dean

  • John Wayne

Staring in notable films such as:

  • Gone with the Wind

  • Casablanca

  • Some Like it Hot

  • The Wizard of Oz

  • It’s a Wonderful Life

  • Top Hat

  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s

  • An American in Paris

  • Citizen Kane

In the 1960’s the storytelling method changed with new approaches to drama and characterisation playing upon audience expectation, and bringing a close to the golden age.

Notorious, 1946

With all of this for inspiration we have been spoilt for choice for entertainment and styling, but (and I know we’re biased) I think we’ve nailed it.

For those of you attending, you’re in for something special. For those of you not, there are still a handful of tickets and sponsorship options available to join the best in digital in the South.

See you there!