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Posts from the ‘1950s’ Category

Podcast: In Melbourne Tonight, 6th May 1957

In the last podcast of the series, Terry recalls preparations for the first ever episode of “In Melbourne Tonight” with host Graham Kennedy at GTV9, on the 6th May 1957.  The series ran until 1970. Read more

Podcast: A typical working day at GTV9 1957

In the second podcast of the series, Terry describes a typical day for him, editing the early evening and late news for GTV9, starting at 9am and ending at 11pm.

The first newsreader Terry worked with was Tom Miller, and later Eric Pearce,in the early days the cameramen were Peter Hansford and Bill Beams and later Peter Purvis and Bob Lord. Read more

Podcast: GTV9’s Opening Night 1957

Today, 19th January 2017, is the 60th anniversary of GTV9‘s opening night in Melbourne, Australia. To mark the occasion here is the first in a series of interviews given by Terry Gallacher about his time in Australia during the early days of Australian Television.

In April 2011 I recorded an interview with my father, Terry Gallacher, for the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia’s Oral History program, it was meant as a record of his career and experiences in Australia, covering looking for work since his arrival in Melbourne in 1956 and including his time at GTV9 as Senior Film Editor and later at ABV2 as Supervising Film Editor. Read more

Terence Gallacher 1928 – 2014

Terence Michael Gallacher died on the 3rd October 2014, almost 69 years to the day he entered British Movietone News for the first time in 1945, he was eighty five. Read more

Soho revisited

Ten years after my first arrival in Soho, which was immediately after the War, the place had fully recovered from its wartime condition.  During the war, many of the restaurants remained open and traded under difficult conditions.  Some could not open twice a day due to lack of foodstuffs.

I have always been interested in the history of where I am working or living.   Several times a week, I would go wandering through Soho.  Sometimes I would play games, like walking down one street and then turning into whatever sidestreet comes next.  Sometimes this can result in finding yourself where you started.  I would walk the streets of Soho without stepping outside in order to get from one side to the other.  I have walked every street and alley at some time or another. Read more

Editing news and documentary film at GTV9

By the winter of 1957, I was editing most of the twice nightly news service, at GTV-9 in Melbourne, as well as the Focus documentary shown on a Sunday.

The early evening news would include around four or five stories that need complete editing while another three or four would need partial editing.   For the second news programme of the night, there would be an additional two or three stories to edit, stories that had taken place during the late afternoon or evening.   For some time, I was the only film editor in the studio.  My assistant had had no experience of editing and was in the process of learning. Read more

At the Drive-in

From 1956 to 1961, I worked in Melbourne, Australia.  I was Senior Film Editor with GTV9 (General Television Corporation) and Supervising Film Editor with ABV2 (Australian Broadcasting Commission).

In 1956 I lodged with an English family at Frankston.   This was some months before the start of television in Melbourne and there was no cinema in Frankston, our nearest town.  However, I was told that there was a Drive-in Cinema which had opened at Dandenong on May 4th 1956..  I was curious as to what it would be like watching a film from inside a car. Read more

Movietone staff on film

While we can access library footage from, we cannot share the footage on this website as you need to register to view any clips.  Thankfully two pieces have been uploaded to youtube, from 1946 and 1958.  Both feature British Movietone News staff, probably for promotional purposes, in some cases it might be the only time Movietone staff have been captured on film. Read more

Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode forty three

“Movietone cameraman Paul Wyand” – part two

Paul Wyand was a legendary newsreel cameraman for British Movietone News, he was the author of the book, “Useless if Delayed” published in 1959.  Part two of the podcast recalls his career after the end of the Second World War, filming the Coronation, and the feature length documentary Flight Of The White Heron, working with Orson Welles and his move from cameraman to being Assignments Manager and later Production Manager.

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Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode forty two

“Movietone cameraman Paul Wyand” – part one

Paul Wyand was a legendary newsreel cameraman for British Movietone News, he was the author of the book, “Useless if Delayed” published in 1959.  Part one of the podcast recalls his career up to the end of the Second World War.

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