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GTV Police Series 1957

In 1957, GTV started a short series on the police.  They were trying to show what nice fellows they were.  A police sergeant would give a talk to a group of teenagers who would then ask him questions.  Most of these programmes had some film inserts which I directed. Read more

Cameraman tales: Poacher turned gamekeeper

After the parting of British Movietone News and United Press in 1963, it became necessary for United Press International Newsfilm, UPIN, to take on some staff cameramen who would operate 16mm film cameras.  Because United Press did not wish to deal with the film union of the day, The Association of Cine, Television and Allied Technicians, ACTT, they asked Movietone to be the de facto employers of the cameramen. Read more

A month at Movietone 1948

I had been called into the Army in November 1946, just as I was getting used to working for Movietone.  It was expected that I would serve for two years, but the start of the Cold War and the Berlin Airlift, ensured that I would spend another five months waiting to get demobbed. Read more

Cameraman tales: Richard Graff

In December 1964, I was asked to go to Frankfurt and Bremen to supervise a commercial we were shooting for Interflora in the United States.  The gist of the film was that Interflora were taking orders from relatives, in the U.S., of American servicemen stationed in Germany.  The orders were for a single plant, the Poinsettia, a plant that was completely unknown to me at that time. Read more

Colleagues: Dick Davies – Movietone

During this period at Movietonews, the late forties, there was a great deal of change.  All those who had been called up during the war were returning to take up their careers again.

One of these was C. F. W. Davies, known as Dick Davies.  Dick had worked in the accounts department before the war and he now returned to accounts. This was his legal right. Read more

The Birth of United Press Movietone Television

In the early 50s, we only had one television broadcaster.  The Conservative Government had approved the establishment of a commercial television broadcaster.  This was due to start in September of 1955.  However, in 1954, BBC television did not have a news bulletin as we know them today.  They assumed that most people would gather their news from the radio, and this was probably true.

At some stage they introduced a television news programme that consisted of the Ten O’clock News from BBC radio with a caption card.

Knowing that ITV was on the horizon and ITN was to be created, the BBC decided to do something about it. Read more

Programme Distribution in Australia: 1960

I was approached by the Head of Presentation at the Australian Broadcasting Commission, Ron White, he said that the prospect of sending copies of programmes to all the States was going to prove a real problem.  At that time, programmes broadcast live were telerecorded and the only other interested party was either Melbourne or Sydney, depending where the original recording was made.  The other States had not yet started broadcasting.

The problem would arise when Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Brisbane, the BAPH states, came on the scene.  It would mean that the last station in the line could wait six weeks for a programme. Read more

Christmas food parcels at Movietone – 1945/1946

The winter of 1945 saw little change on the home front from that of the war.  The exception being that the servicemen were coming home at an ever increasing speed and the lights were on again.  However, most of the food that had been rationed during the war was still rationed.  In fact some rationing became even stricter. Read more

Movietones’ cameras

It is quite likely that, when British Movietone News started in 1928, that one of the cameras in use would have been The Eyemo.  This camera was built by Bell and Howell at Wheeling, Illinois.

The Eyemo had been introduced in 1925.  It is still in use within the film industry. Read more

“Malting Grains” ABV2

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