An Untold Story of Hollywood

I Used To Be In Pictures

A fascinating insight into the Golden Age of Hollywood, the public and private face of an industry rarely explored in such an intimate fashion. ‘I Used to be in Pictures’ is a collection of unpublished correspondence between English born brothers, Austin and Howard Mutti-Mewse and some of the most celebrated and iconic film stars from the silent and ‘golden’ era of film-making. The brothers’ foray into this glamorous world began with a simple fan letter to Lillian Gish, followed by another to Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. This gave rise to a wealth of letter writing. 


  • Phenomenal

    Tony Chambers
    Editor Wallpaper
  • I Used to be in Pictures tells us that even the most glamourous stars are human too

    Michael Keating
    Ink Media
  • Fascinating

    Dylan Jones
    Editor GQ
  • Extraordinary

    Alex Blimes
    Editor, Esquire
  • An immense and remarkable book

    Libby Purvis
    Broadcaster Midweek BBC Radio 4
  • love this book

    Nicky Haslam
    Writer, Spectator
  • A beautifully illustrated book full of Hollywood stories – wonderful

    Eammon Holmes
    This Morning ITV
  • It’s a case of what happened next, when the phone stopped ringing and the fan mail died off – I Used to be in Pictures has all the answers

    Daniel Garcia Lopez
    Icon, El Pais
New releases

Coming Soon...


It’s 1992 and twin brothers Austin and Howard Mutti-Mewse are enjoying university life but they have a secret, they write to former silent stars.  It all began at aged 12 in their grandmother’s living room, when contemporaries were emulating Michael J Fox, they were feasting on long forgotten silent with ink pen in hand.  What followed was 20 years of correspondence accumulating in filing cabinets full of letters and photos from everyone; exotic vamp Pola Negri to All-American James Stewart’. Their weird hobby, now embraced and loved by more understanding fellow graduates, they are encouraged to full fill a lifetime wish to visit Hollywood but more importantly their pen pals.  What follows is a funny, yet moving ‘on the road’ novel that poignantly reveals during pit-stops the gold behind the grey.


For Austin the life has gone out of death. As a 34 year old redundant obituary writer the prospect of finding writing work in the boondocks of a seaside town, slim. In the doldrums with a child on the way and a mortgage to pay, his wife realises a temporary solution in the small ad’s; “Wanted – doctor’s receptionist”. Hired, his adventures begin. When demanding Betty Oak arrives at a NHS surgery to see a doctor complaining of her perpetual pregnancy, she’s confronted by a tall, moustached, suave receptionist Austin who fancies himself in a white coat. After phantom pregnancies Betty Oak is eager to go full-term with a shoal of shellfish and on spying the newcomer amongst his bitchy all-female counterparts, finds Austin would make a suitable stepfather. Betty is one of many in a colourful kaleidoscopic pulse of characters; patients and staff, who brought together by illness, joy, heartache and the minimum wage battle the termination of the surgery in favour of modernisation.