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We’ll Take Manhattan Again

9 July 2023

As the updates continue across the entire collection of films on otsoNY, “We’ll Take Manhattan” has been earmarked for a complete update with new screen grabs and the latest film location images from New York City.

The BBC TV movie, which was originally released in 2012, told the story of the extramarital affair between photographer David Bailey and model Jean Shrimpton, and their one-week photographic assignment in New York City for Vogue in 1962. Directed by John McKay, it starred Aneurin Barnard as David Bailey and Karen Gillan as Jean Shrimpton.

The film-makers used a variety of techniques to recreate the photos from the original Bailey shoot. Where possible they were recreated at the same or near identical locations in Manhattan, while others were recreated using a combination of props, and computer-generated imagery. The original landmark Vogue shoot in New York, which took studio fashion onto the street, showed Jean Shrimpton posing in front of the United Nations building, on the Brooklyn Bridge, and on Fifth Avenue.

Photograph: David Bailey for Vogue

Photograph: David Bailey for Vogue

Photograph: David Bailey for Vogue

Photograph: David Bailey for Vogue

Since he began taking photographs in 1950s London, David Bailey has worked with an instantly recognisable visual vocabulary, one that firmly places him among the most prolific portraitists of the last half-century. In an interview for Vogue in 2020, Bailey said that he was still shooting mainly on film rather than digital, confirming that photography was film and would always film, stating that digital was not photography. Digital was a computer with a lens on the front. He believed that cameras had a personality of themselves and that was always different.

The updates to “We’ll Take Manhattan” will be posted on otsoNY in mid-July and will include some new film locations.

Karen Gillan

Scottish actress and filmmaker, Karen Gillan gained recognition for her work in British film and television, particularly for playing Amy Pond, a primary companion to the Eleventh Doctor in the science fiction series “Doctor Who”, for which she received several awards and nominations. Her early film roles include Ally in the 2010 thriller film “Outcast” and Jane Lockhart in the romantic comedy film “Not Another Happy Ending”. She also worked on the stage while in Britain, appearing in John Osborne's play Inadmissible Evidence.

Gillan made her transition to Hollywood starring as Kaylie Russell in the 2013 horror film “Oculus”, her first commercial success in the United States, and thereafter played the lead in the ABC sitcom “Selfie”. She achieved international stardom for portraying Nebula in the Marvel Cinematic Universe superhero films “Guardians of the Galaxy”, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”, “Avengers: Infinity War”, “Avengers: Endgame”, “Thor: Love and Thunder”. She additionally was praised for her portrayals of Ruby Roundhouse in the action films “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Jumanji: The Next Level”, Sam in the comedy film “Gunpowder Milkshake” and her double role in the sci-fi thriller film “Dual”. More recently, Gillan was in New York to promote “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3”.


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