This article follows on from the previous article: The Emirates in 1976 – The Bedouin family.
Back in Abu Dhabi, we were given the chance to get a flight in a helicopter. We took the chance. Early in the morning, we attended the helicopter base where we were introduced to our Pakistani pilot. We had him for three hours and we made the most of it. Read more
This article follows on from the previous article: The Emirates in 1976 – A “time bomb” and a Bedouin village
The day after we had filmed the distribution of food rations at Al Kaznah, we followed the rice ration into the desert. We drove about ten miles into the wilderness to a small camp . We got stuck in the sand several times, but now, we knew how to get out of it. (Which is more than our driver did). Read more
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
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
We at UPITN had been asked to make three films in the United Arab Emirates. I was to produce and direct the films which were to be about re-afforestation, the Bedouin Villages and a film about the U.A.E. itself, which will be published in the future. We based ourselves at the Khalidiya Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi.
There was an interesting group of inmates at the Khalidiya Palace Hotel. There were a large number of British ex-pats and visitors as well as reps from most European countries, the U.S. and Japan. Read more
There once was a cameraman called Rosario Casella, an Italian, resident of Tripoli, Libya during the reign of old King Idris.
I never met him, but he freelanced for UPITN during the sixties until 1970 when, with all other Italians resident in Libya, he was expelled. Read more
This is the third article about my visit to Jordan in ’74, to advise Jordan Television on film production. One evening, our host Mohammed Kamal said that I would be going south with the King, King Hussein. I was picked up at the hotel and driven to the Palace. Mansour accompanied me. There, I did not even see the King, I was ushered to an Alouette helicopter with which I was quite familiar. Read more
This is the second in series of articles about my trip to Jordan in 1974 to advise Jordan Television. Click here to read Part 1.
George, who was the Head of News at Jordan TV, took me off to lunch to meet Hassan Dal Lal, our local freelance cameraman. We lunched in the open air in western Amman.