Interviews with veterans of the broadcasting industry Interviews with veterans of the broadcasting industry

The Broadcasting Entertainment Cinematograph and Theatre Union (BECTU) represents personnel working within the British film and related industries. In 1986 a group of its members formed the BECTU History Project with the aim of recording interviews with veterans of the industry discussing their careers. Since then over 500 interviews have been completed, with personnel ranging from well known directors and producers, to less famous personnel such as continuity girls and sound recordists, accountants and projectionists. Many of these interviews are also available to listen to at the BFI Library on application.

The text of these interviews remains the copyright of BECTU. To help us protect this copyright you must apply for a username and password before you can access the material. Please contact keith.johnston@uea.ac.uk or melanie.williams@uea.ac.uk for these. Requests from email addresses ending in ac.uk, bfi.org.uk, bectu.org.uk and bufvc.org.uk will be granted automatically. If you have a different e-mail address we may require more information before granting access. Once you have logged in, select the BECTU interview folder. The interviews are located in four sections according to surname, but there is also the facility to search across the whole collection (for a film title, name or studio for instance).

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Checklist of interviews available:

  • Larry Allen (inventor/animator)
  • Lindsay Anderson (director, writer and critic)
  • Maurice Askew (sound recordist/dubbing mixer)
  • Joy Batchelor (animator)
  • Charles Bennett (screenwriter)
  • Peter Birch [A.F. Birch] (sound engineer)
  • Muriel Box (film director)
  • Ted Candy (newsreel cameraman)
  • Charles Cooper (exhibitor/distributor)
  • Jill Craigie (writer/director/producer)
  • Tilly Day (continuity)
  • Desmond Dickinson (cinematographer)
  • Carmen Dillon (art director)
  • Eddie Dryhurst (writer/producer/director)
  • Maurice Elvey (film director)
  • George Elvin (ACTT General Secretary)
  • Tubby Englander (cameraman)
  • William Fielder (distributor)
  • Norman Fisher (newsreel cameraman)
  • Peggy Gick (art director/production designer)
  • Johnny Goodman (production manager/producer)
  • Lord Lew Grade (film & television producer)
  • Leonard Harris (camera operator)
  • Sir Anthony Havelock-Allan (producer and screenwriter)
  • Mickey Hickey (projectionist/sound recordist)
  • John Hogarth (distributor)
  • Pat Jackson (director/documentary film maker)
  • Joan Kemp-Welch (actress/stage and television director)
  • John Krish (film director/documentary film maker)
  • Walter Lassally (cinematographer)
  • Philip Leacock (director/producer)
  • Dicky Leeman (director/television producer)
  • Ella Mallett (music accompanist for silent films)
  • Kay Mander (documentary film maker)
  • Erica Masters (production manager/assistant director)
  • Anthony Mendleson (costume designer)
  • Gordon McCallum (sound engineer)
  • Ivor Montagu (critic/producer/writer)
  • Cyril Page (newsreel & television cameraman)
  • Tom Peacock (studio plasterer)
  • Cyril Pennington Richards (cameraman)
  • David Prosser (newsreel cameraman)
  • David Robson (projectionist/television engineer)
  • Jack Rockett (exhibitor Gaumont & Odeon circuits)
  • Vernon Sewell (film director)
  • E. M. Smedley-Aston (production manager)
  • Hugh Stewart (film editor/producer)
  • Peter Stroud (projectionist)
  • Reg Sutton (newsreel sound engineer)
  • Fred Tomlin (boom operator)
  • Alf Tunwell (newsreel cameraman)
  • John Turner (newsreel cameraman)
  • Bernard Vorhaus (film director)
  • Bill Welch (sound effects/props)
  • Charles Wilder (production accountant) L. P. Williams (art director)
  • Kitty Wood (editor/continuity)
  • Sir John Woolf (producer)
  • Adrian [Andy] Worker (production supervisor/studio manager)
  • Freddie Young (cinematographer)
  • Manny Yospa (cameraman/focus puller)