A double century of articles
When I started this website in August 2010, I had no idea we would eventually publish one hundred articles, let alone two hundred. In my previous article, “A century of articles” I wrote: “I hope that we have enough material to provide another hundred articles.”
The Colleagues series of articles, recalls the careers of friends and colleagues, while the Cameraman Tales, tells sometimes tragic, sometimes comic and, often, heroic tales of cameramen’s exploits that I either witnessed myself or were told the story by someone in the industry.
Through creating this website, I have reunited with friends from the past, such as John Freney-Mills and Don Calder from ABV2 and Ron E. Collins from Movietone. I’ve also recorded a long interview about the start of television in Australia for the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Oral History Program. Earlier this year I was filmed for the BBC’s The 1952 Show, to talk about working at Movietone for the filming of the Funeral of King George VI. I also recorded an interview for BBC Radio to mark the 50th Anniversary of the consecration of Coventry Cathedral.
What has been pleasing is unearthing new information on colleague’s careers, such as Frank Few’s wartime exploits at Guadalcanal, which earned him the Navy Cross, finding a photo of my friend Dick Clark, sat next to Walter Cronkite at the Nuremburg Trials, discovering Ian Grant’s work with the AFPU and that he had written a book, Cameramen at war and was awarded the Military Medal.
There is still more to come, a Colleagues article on my friend, Sir Mohinder Dhillon, more Cameraman Tales and further guest articles from Derek Evans on his time at Visnews, we’re currently preparing a series of Podcasts on Movietone.