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A visit to Ascot 1964

Ascot Racecourse had had a new grandstand built and Paul Wyand had been consulted about the arrangements for the newsreel cameras.  At the top of the grandstand there was a long gallery, enough for twenty cameras.  Movietonews only wanted one up there.  Of course there would be a small army from the B.B.C. Read more

The Austerity Olympics by Janie Hampton

This book was published in 2008 and I read it in January 2009.

For someone who lived through the period of the 1948 Olympics, it was very interesting to read this book.  However, as with so many modern historical publications, I have to disagree with a number of the opinions and eyewitness accounts contained in this volume. Read more

Football film analysis part 2

This article follows on from Football film analysis part 1. For some time, I had thought that film could be used successfully to analyse sports, especially Football.  I had thought it out and decided that I would use a cameraman unused to filming football because I wanted him to do it my way and not the way in which he had become accustomed. Read more

Football film analysis part 1

Apart from my life-long association with film making, my other passion has been football.

The reason for this is simple, my father Patrick Gallacher, a Scot, came to London to play for Tottenham Hotspur in 1904. That is where he met my mother and that is where he and she spent most of their lives. Read more

Newsreels In A Hurry

Newsreels have always been in a hurry to get their stories processed, edited, scored and on the screen.

Sometimes, great ingenuity was brought in to play to ensure the success of these requirements. Read more

“Filming for Analysis” article 1974

The following article was originally published in “The Photographic Journal” for the Royal Photographic Society in January 1974:

The use of film for analytical purposes is becoming increasingly appreciated in a variety of situations.  Terry Gallacher, who has been producing films for many years, explains how the technique he has developed can be applied in the realm of sport. Read more

A return to civvy street April 1949

Home again, home again jiggedy jig.

It took a while to get used to life outside the Army (as a Corporal at the Royal Army Ordinance Corps), not that there had been any strict discipline or hard work, it’s just that, however reasonable was life in the Army, after two and a half years I was now free to do what I wanted, to plan the future.  It was a much anticipated turning point in my life and I was going to make the most of it.

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Wrestling at Harringay 1949

In 1949, I attended a memorable event. Memorable to me that is.

Movietone received an invite to attend a great wrestling match at the Harringay Arena.

The event was organised by Athol Oakley, a one-time British wrestling champion.

His intention, of course, was that we should send a camera crew to film it.  However, the News Editor didn’t fancy it, so he offered the tickets to me.  There were two ringside seats and I invited Greville Kent to go with me. Read more

Colleagues: Ron E. Collins

Ron E. Collins started his career in 1958 with Rank Screen Services.  First he was an office boy, but later he trained as a model animation cameraman at Rank Studios in Hammersmith.

The following year, he joined Paul Barralet Productions, a well-known, industrial documentary film production company, as a trainee assistant cameraman. Read more

The Prudential Trophy England v Australia 1972

I was to make a thirty-minute film of three matches – the first of which took place at Old Trafford on 24th August 1972, followed by Lords on the 26th and Edgebaston on the 28th, a bank holiday Monday.  I raised the crew which consisted of Pat Whitacker, Martin Rolfe, Tony Mander, his soundman Sid Squires, and Rory (Lewis) McLeod. Read more