This article follows on from the previous article: The Emirates in 1976 – Sheik Khalifa Rest House and Al Ain
We were given the opportunity to film inside an oil refinery in Abu Dhabi. This sequence would be used in the U.A.E. film and I went to film it for director David Rea who had not yet arrived from England. Read more
This article follows on from the previous article: The Emirates in 1976 – Dining out
On the road to Al Ain, about eighty miles from Abu Dhabi, was situated the Sheik Khalifa Rest House where we checked in. Mike Matthews, our camera assistant, and Sid Squires, our sound recordist, were allocated rooms on the first floor, the top floor. Tony and I were given rooms outside the hotel. In the grounds outside, there was a raised and covered swimming pool. Beneath the pool, placed all around, were rooms with accompanying toilets. Read more
This article follows on from the previous article: The Emirates in 1976 – The trees in the desert
I had always realised that eating in the Middle East could be dangerous if one wandered into the back alleys. We had to take precautions. The crew itself was one that allowed versatility. Tony Mander, the cameraman, could operate the sound equipment and Mike Matthews could operate the camera, so that should any one of them go down with some local bug, we could still operate. We still had Osman and Siqseq in reserve. Read more
This article follows on from the previous article: The Emirates in 1976 – Doing the deal.
When Yasar Durra, our Middle East Representative at UPITN, told me what was required, in the Emirates, I started some planning. I estimated that it would need six weeks shooting. I was not prepared to go to U.A.E. for six weeks, partly because I would have been most unpopular at home and also I had too much to do with other productions. Read more
In the Autumn of 1976, Yasar Durra, our Middle East Representative at UPITN, obtained a commission from the United Arab Emirates to produce three films. One was on the Villages that had been built to house their Bedouin people. This was an attempt to deter them from moving into the towns which were booming with the growth of the oil industry. Sheikh Zayed did not want the untrained, and, at that time probably uneducated, Bedouin doing menial jobs in the new industries. Read more
In the early Seventies, Norman Dickson and I used to take lunch together. When we took a potential client to lunch, Norman would charge the cost to his expenses. Coyte, UPITN company Vice-President, would say from time to time that Norman “Never paid for his own lunch”.
This was rich coming from a man who, not only had his lunch paid for out of expenses, but chose the most expensive restaurants he could find. His favourite places were Les Ambassadeurs, The White House, The Ivy and Chez Gerard where he could have been termed an habitué. In all the years I worked alongside Coyte, I never knew him to miss the opportunity to take lunch at a restaurant at the company’s expense. Read more
In the later seventies, Felix Yiaxis, UPITN’s staff cameraman based in Cyprus, was posted to Cairo as cameraman. Previously, Osman Mahmoud Osman had been the retained cameraman who was employed on the basis of providing a set number of stories from Egypt each month. He was paid for each story. Osman had asked for more money, not having had a raise in many years. Kenneth Coyte refused and Osman stopped work. Read more
In the early seventies, I had been making small films for Watney Mann, when they asked me if I could film their football tournament, The Watney Cup. This was an intriguing tournament which consisted of eight teams.
The first two teams were the highest placed First Division teams that had not qualified for any European tournament. The third and fourth teams came from the Second Division and were the teams that had come third and fourth The fifth and sixth teams came from the Third Divisions and were in third and fourth place. The last two teams were the third and fourth teams in the Fourth Division. Read more
Easter time and, after a gap of three years, we are off once more to Nairobi for the East African Safari Rally.
Our crew comprised Paul Badin, Julian Botras and Jacques Hubinet. The day after we arrived, we were invited over to Mohinder Dhillon’s House which he shared with his wife, Ambi, and son Sam. Sam was only three or four years old, but already he could speak in three languages. English, Urdu and Swahili, the latter between him and the house boy.
The balance of the crew was made up by Mohinder and Satwant Singh of Africapix. Read more
I am not an expert on Weapons of Mass Destruction, but, over the years I have witnessed events that have given me an idea of what is possible in the detection of the building of such weapons.
Much of this information I have shared with millions of others, some have been particular to my work in making documentary films. Read more