An extract on #handmade
Handicraft, things that are made by hand
Handmade (Jimmy Rankin album), 2003
Handmade (Hindi Zahra album), 2010
Handmade (The Ongoing Concept album), 2015
Handmade, a 1970 album by Mason Williams
Hand Made, a 1993 album by Mitchel Forman
HandMade Films, George Harrison's production company
Rhino Handmade, a record label
HandMade in America, an organization Western North Carolina promoting craft businesses and agritourism
HandMade Films was formed by former Beatle George Harrison and business partner Denis O'Brien in 1978 to finance the Monty Python film Life of Brian. Harrison had first been introduced to Denis O'Brien by actor Peter Sellers in 1973. Soon after, the two went into business together.
When the original financiers of Brian, EMI Films, pulled out of the project less than a week before filming was to commence, the creators had to find other financing. Harrison, a friend and fan of the Pythons, mortgaged his home in order to finance the feature. Eric Idle of the Pythons later called "the most anybody's ever paid for a cinema ticket in history".. Life of Brian grossed $21 million at the box office in the US.
Harrison explained: "The name of the company came about as a bit of a joke. I'd been to Wooky Hole in Somerset ... [near] an old paper mill where they show you how to make old underpants into paper. So I bought a few rolls, and they had this watermark 'British Handmade Paper' ... So we said ... we'll call it Handmade Films." The first film distributed by HandMade Films was The Long Good Friday (1980), and the first they produced was Time Bandits (1981), a co-scripted project by Monty Python's Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin. The film featured a new song by Harrison, "Dream Away", in the closing credits. Time Bandits became one of HandMade's most successful and acclaimed efforts; with a budget of $5 million, it earned $35 million in the US within ten weeks of its release.
Harrison served as executive producer for 23 films with HandMade, including Mona Lisa, Shanghai Surprise and Withnail and I. He made several cameo appearances in these films, including a role as a nightclub singer in Shanghai Surprise, for which he recorded five new songs. According to Ian Inglis, Harrison's "executive role in HandMade Films helped to sustain British cinema at a time of crisis, producing some of the country's most memorable movies of the 1980s."