Having worked in the film and television industry for over fifty years, I realise that I have been privileged in having worked alongside some of the finest technicians the industry has produced.
I have worked with some of the best cameramen, great men, talented, dedicated men who would be embarrassed at reading the comments that I make.
Outstanding, even among these gentlemen, is Mohinder Dhillon, now Sir Mohinder Dhillon. Read more
Pat Wyand was the younger brother of cameraman Paul Wyand. He joined Movietonews in March 1934 as a sound recordist. He claimed that he became a location sound engineer after only three weeks training. Like other sound engineers at Movietone, he was called into the Royal Navy, but his departure would have meant that Movietone had no soundman in London. It is thought that the Ministry of Information stepped in to prevent him going. He worked as a sound engineer in the Sound Department within Movietonews. He became a sound mixer whereby he would operate the equipment to re-record the music and commentary for the newsreel. Read more
Keith Medley was a freelance cameraman working for Movietonews and based in New Brighton. He had taken over from Jimmy Humphries in 1961. His first assignment was issued on 2nd November when he filmed the return of Stanley Matthews to Stoke F.C., the club he started with at the beginning of his long career. Read more
George Richardson came to Movietone by an act of nepotism. Nepotism is not always a bad thing and George was to prove it.
His step mother Miss Mary Holmes, secretary to the Managing Director, Sir Gordon Craig, was also known as Mrs. Mary Richardson. She was George’s step-mother. Read more
In October 1958 ABV2 at Ripponlea decided to take on a programme producer. She was known as Mrs. Belfrage, the name Belfrage was familiar to me having heard the voice of the great Bruce Belfrage through the war years when he read the news and always announced who he was. Read more
Martin Gray started work with Movietonews as a Sound recordist. He joined the company in 1937. He accompanied first Norman Fisher to France where together in May 1940 they covered the retreat of the British Expeditionary Force through Belgium. They made their way to Boulogne where they were forced to abandon their camera car. This was one of two cars Movietone left behind in France. They took their camera and sound equipment, as well as their exposed negative aboard a ship bound for Dover. They were ordered on to the ship. Read more
Ian Grant came to British Movietone News in 1962, he was my colleague until I left the company in 1964. We remained friends until he died in 1981. Ian James Grant was born in Edinburgh in 1917 and was called up for military service in 1940, initially spending two and a half years with the Royal Scots as a Lance-Corporal. He saw action in Northern France shortly after his conscription and was at Dunkirk in June 1940. Read more
During this period at Movietonews, the late forties, there was a great deal of change. All those who had been called up during the war were returning to take up their careers again.
One of these was C. F. W. Davies, known as Dick Davies. Dick had worked in the accounts department before the war and he now returned to accounts. This was his legal right. Read more
Greville Maud Lingard Kent was an assistant editor (Cutter) at British Movietone News. He was conscripted into the Royal Navy early in the war and served on board the Armed Merchant Cruiser the RMS Dunottar Castle which had been converted in 1942. The ship was used on the notorious Murmansk convoy route where very heavy losses were incurred. Read more
Norman Dickson was a close colleague of mine from 1967 until 1976. He was born in 1911 and was some seventeen years older than me, but we got on well.
Norman was a Scotsman from Edinburgh. He had a curious accent which was basically an Edinburgh accent which had been influenced by him spending some time in the Caribbean. He was sometimes mistaken for an American. However, he was able to use a variety of phrases which one might expect to come only from a Scot. Read more