On the 15th December 1960, 55 years ago today, the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Melbourne (ABV2) premiered the film “Operation Crowflight” as part of it’s People programme.
My father Terence Gallacher was the director of the film, in 2010 he wrote three articles on the making, production and reaction to the film, in the interview below he ends by saying, “I was very proud of working on that film and very proud to have been working with the people who worked with me on it, terrific team.” Read more
Sometime in August of 1958, Janet and I decided to fix a wedding date. A church wedding had to be performed in the parish of the bride, but, at that time, Janet was living in the heart of Melbourne.
Jim Healy, at this time the film editor at GTV, had taken a rented house with his wife and they offered the address from which Janet would be married. It was in Moorabbin. Read more
Not all clergy were against alcohol. On one occasion, I made a film for the Religious Department at the ABC. I think the producer was a Christopher Fry, who, later became a producer of some successful Australian television drama series, including The Flying Doctor series. Read more
On Wednesday 30th November, 1960, I gave a lecture to the Institute of Motion Picture Technicians in the preview theatre at Ripponlea. The subject was “Films For Television” and I made a point of talking about multi-camera techniques (and the editing thereof). At the time I was Supervising Film Editor at ABV2 in Melbourne.
The main benefit of two-camera coverage of an interview is that it tends to put the person to be interviewed at ease. In most cases, people are not used to speaking in front of a camera and, quite often, will freeze as soon as the camera is turned on. Read more
When I arrived in Melbourne in June 1956, the rivalry between Sydney and Melbourne was quite unknown to me. In fact, apart from the stereotype Australian depicted in the United Kingdom, I knew nothing about the Australian way of life.
There were strange goings-on in Australia at that time. In brief, the scene was that in both Sydney and Melbourne, three organisations were getting ready to launch television broadcasting, A state broadcaster in each city and two commercial broadcasters in each city. 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
While researching articles for this website, I read an account, on the internet, of the early period at the ABC at Ripponlea. The article was written by an Australian film maker, John B. Murray. In his article The Naked Bunyip Essay about Australian filmmaking he refers to the early 1960s and making the tv series Alcheringa with Frank and Betty Few, in 1962. In the article he states, “There was no film department as such at Ripponlea, except that which facilitated the gathering of news”. Read more
In the late 1950s the Rural Department of the Australian Broadcasting Commission were famous for “acquiring” subjects that other departments might be considered more suitable to handle. Unfortunately, the other departments did not even think of the subjects. In order to make sure that the Rural Department made the programme, they would introduce an agricultural aspect to the subject. Hence, when they wanted to make a film about the distillation of Whisky and Gin, they called the programme “Malting Grains”. Now who could argue with that ? Read more