The Will Hay Appreciation Society
Will Hay (1888 - 1949) was a British comic actor who toured the music halls of the world with his 'schoolmaster' routine. In the 1930s he moved into films, starring in classics like 'Oh, Mr. Porter!' (1937), joined by his co-stars Moore Marriott and Graham Moffatt. Hay was also a keen amateur astronomer, a polyglot, a pilot (he taught Amy Johnson to fly) and of course a brilliant comic writer and director.
I founded the Will Hay Appreciation Society in 2009 when writing my university dissertation about Hay and his films.
The society has since grown to over 6200 members (as of Sept 2020) and his work is now reaching new generations of fans. The society has hosted several annual 'Hay Day's with members attending from around the world, including Hay's family and the last living actor to work with him, John Clark (Just William).
Will Hay was a comic genius, years ahead of his time and we believe that he deserves to be remembered.
If you'd like to find out more please click the crest to join the Facebook group.
Our society celebrates all things 'Will Hay' but for most fans it's the appeal of his comedy films that generates the most interest.
Therefore as a photo colouriser I have created a series of prints in colour from Will's films, replica posters and other merchandise.
We have also commissioned artist Jamil Mughal to recreate some of the iconic scenes as unique paintings which are available to purchase as prints on the shop section of this site.
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