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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

Movietone at War: The move to Denham

I am currently writing a book concerning the activities of British Movietone News from 1938 to 1946.   It mainly concerns The Second World War, but it also deals with the build up to the War and the aftermath.   So as well as my book I shall occasionally write an article based on extracts and research for the book: “Movietone at War”. Read more

Colleagues: Bunny Hutchins – Movietone

John “Bunny” Hutchins was born in London, 28th October 1878.  At the age of eighteen he started work in the film industry.  He was a pioneer.   He worked as a cameraman, projectionist and as a laboratory assistant.

After working with a number of companies, he became one of the early newsreel cameramen when he joined Barker Motion Photography.  He covered the Coronation of King George V and the Investiture of the Prince of Wales in 1911.  Soon after he left Barker and joined Williamson’s Animated News upon its launch in May 1913.  He was to become “Chief Camera Operator to Éclair Journal”. Read more

Bias in the newsreels – part two

For part one of “Bias in the newsreels” click here.

In July 1945, the Cinema Exhibitors Association adopted a report from its Legal, Finance and Parliamentary Committee which stated that “The Committee was satisfied that the adoption by the newsreel companies of the same system as the BBC in connection with General Elections in an attempt to ensure impartiality for all political parties by taking all party politicians in turn was a mistake.  In future General Elections the newsreels should only give topical news”. Read more

Bias in the newsreels – part one

The newsreels, since their very early days, had been subjected to severe criticism of their contents.  For much of their history, they were criticised for having a right-wing bias.

In May 1929, an article was published in The New Leader written by a person under the pen name of “Benn”.  He asks “Why not a socialist newsreel ? Read more

Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode forty four

“Movietone editor Charles Ridley”

Charles Ridley was an editor and an expert in the art of manipulating movie film negative, the result of his most famous example of film manipulation proved an enormous morale boost to the Allies during the Second World War.

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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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Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode forty one

“Movietone’s shipping manager Dick Davies”

This week’s podcast tells the story of Dick Davies who formed the shipping department for Movietone, speeding up delivery and reducing costs to the company – resulting in stories reaching the screen much quicker than before.  Dick was also an accomplished musician, who formed his own Big band.  The real story of the podcast is how a deal made with management was reneged upon.

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Podcast: The Movietone Years – episode forty

“Movietone cameraman Ron E. Collins”

This week’s podcast recalls the career of Ron Collins from his early days at Paul Barralet Productions, joining Movietone, working with Norman Fisher as assistant cameraman before becoming a cameraman. Read more