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The Emirates in 1976 – A “time bomb” and a Bedouin village

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

The Emirates in 1976 – Sheik Khalifa Rest House and Al Ain

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

The Emirates in 1976 – Dining out

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

The Emirates in 1976 – arriving in Abu Dhabi

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

The Emirates in 1976 – doing the deal

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

300 not out

Two hundred articles ago, I wrote that “I hope that we have enough material to provide another hundred articles.”  This Friday’s article, a podcast on my friend and colleague Paul Wyand, will be my three hundredth article. Read more

Colleagues: Jan Borg

Jan Borg, for many years, a cameraman with UPMT., UPIN, UPITN and WTN, the same company with four different names.  He was born May 1st 1938 in Oslo.

He was, formerly, a journalist, a war correspondent and filmmaker. Read more

Simpsons in the Strand

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

Cameraman tales – Felix Yiaxis

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

Filming the Watney Cup

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