INTRODUCTION: Five former criminals, whose combined prison terms total 150 years, have found a new vocation - they have opened an art gallery in Camberwell, South London.
SV PAN New World Art Gallery, Camberwell.
GV INTERIOR Frank Morey hangs picture on gallery wall.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Paintings in gallery. (4 SHOTS)
CU PULL BACK TO SV Jim Morey talking about his painting.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Mrs Morey seated by portrait and speaking.
GV Brothers painting in gallery.
VISNEWS REPORTER: "Jim, How did that painting come about?"
JIM MOREY: "I done this painting in prison and, like lots of other prisoners, they all wished that the bomb would drop or whatever and get them all out and one of my fantasies was that these little men would come along and cut me out. It's painted on wood. To get the stuff to paint on, I had to nick it."
VISNEWS REPORTER: "How many times did you escape from prison?"
JIM MOREY:"Several times. I escaped from Dartmoor and Wandworths and Lewes and courts. Quite a lot of times."
VISNEWS REPORTER: "Mrs Morey, where were you born?"
MRS MOREY:" I was born in Cork prison."
VISNEWS REPORTER: "How did you happen to be in prison, dear?"
MRS MOREY:"I was born in prison. My mother was put to prison over two children down with diptheria because she never got a doctor. She was ignorant, she didn't understand. And my father got six months and my mother got three. And that's why I was born in prison."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Five former criminals, whose combined prison terms total 150 years, have found a new vocation - they have opened an art gallery in Camberwell, South London. The self-confessed "gang of thieves" -- brothers, Alex, Frank, Jim and Eddie Morey and friend, Joe Lambert, have more than 700 works of art on display in their new gallery.
SYNOPSIS: The brothers converted a dilapidated garage into a showplace for their paintings. Many were painted in prison by the self-taught artists. Two of the brothers took a course in business management to handle that side of the enterprise and there is also a framing and restoration service.
Virtually every style is represented in the gallery. Subjects vary from still-life to fantasy and religious themes. The materials vary. A sympathetic prison officer provided pencils, paper, lips tick and shoe polish as artists' materials because paint was banned under the prison regime. Brother Jim told the story behind one of his paintings.
For the former criminals, a prison hobby has launched them into a new and very different world.