Easter came round again and we made the long flight down to Nairobi. There had been no rain and there would be no rain while the Rally was being staged.
This would make things very difficult for the crews in the rally and for us. The cars would be speeding across the Murrum blowing up huge plumes of dust which flew into the air to about forty feet and trailing away as a tail two hundred yards long. Read more
In early 1955, Independent Television News was created. They were looking for staff, especially cameramen and sound men, as well as film editors.
They raided the newsreels. Our Editor, Gerald Sanger, who was employed by the Daily Mail, was seconded to Rediffusion, who got the franchise for London programmes from Monday to Friday. Raymond Perrin was appointed as Senior Film Editor at ITN, he was joined by Greville Kent and Alan Haythorne, these latter pair were editors who usually only worked on provincial “specials”, stories that were done from time to time for provincial cities. Read more
In June 1967, when UPITN was formed from the combination of United Press Television News and Independent Television News, The UPIN team from Denham were transferred to Television House in Kingsway.
I supervised the move and made all the calculations necessary to place each item of office furniture in a location within the new premises. Some equipment had to be discarded and replaced with new. It was all very tight, moving from the comparative roomy facilities with Rank Laboratories Denham to the cramped space in Television House. Read more
George Richardson came to Movietone by an act of nepotism. Nepotism is not always a bad thing and George was to prove it.
His step mother Miss Mary Holmes, secretary to the Managing Director, Sir Gordon Craig, was also known as Mrs. Mary Richardson. She was George’s step-mother. Read more
Martin Gray started work with Movietonews as a Sound recordist. He joined the company in 1937. He accompanied first Norman Fisher to France where together in May 1940 they covered the retreat of the British Expeditionary Force through Belgium. They made their way to Boulogne where they were forced to abandon their camera car. This was one of two cars Movietone left behind in France. They took their camera and sound equipment, as well as their exposed negative aboard a ship bound for Dover. They were ordered on to the ship. Read more
It is sometimes suggested that television news services, which started in 1955 in the U.K. were developed with fresh ideas by people who had no previous experience in the production of daily news services.
I believe that the newsreels had, and have had since, an enormous influence on the development of daily news. Read more
John Davies was a British Movietone News cameraman from 1955 to 1960. He was born in Deri, South Wales in 1915.
His family later moved to London. His first job, in 1930, was with the G.P.O. as a telegram delivery boy. He later joined Kay Film Laboratories in the negative developing and film drying room. In those days, Kays shared the building at 22, Soho Square with British Movietone News.
Kenneth Warr’s task was to find freelance cameraman able and willing to work for UPMT in their own countries.
When he reached Johannesburg, he met up with Ernie Christie. Christie had been a competent still photographer working on news stories. Read more
Greville Maud Lingard Kent was an assistant editor (Cutter) at British Movietone News. He was conscripted into the Royal Navy early in the war and served on board the Armed Merchant Cruiser the RMS Dunottar Castle which had been converted in 1942. The ship was used on the notorious Murmansk convoy route where very heavy losses were incurred. Read more
Norman Dickson was a close colleague of mine from 1967 until 1976. He was born in 1911 and was some seventeen years older than me, but we got on well.
Norman was a Scotsman from Edinburgh. He had a curious accent which was basically an Edinburgh accent which had been influenced by him spending some time in the Caribbean. He was sometimes mistaken for an American. However, he was able to use a variety of phrases which one might expect to come only from a Scot. Read more