Cat no. 226478

British Cinema History Research Project Oral Histories: Maurice Askew (sound recordist/dubbing mixer)


Maurice Askew (12 May 1916 - 11 December 1986).

Born in India in 1916, Maurice Askew entered the film industry in 1938, working for The Religious Film Society. During the War Askew joined the RAF, but he came back to (what was then) Religious Films Limited as a dubbing mixer at the Gate Studios, and remained there until his retirement.

In this interview with Jim Shields made at the Gate in 1972, Askew talks extensively about his post war career in film. He recalls early work for Herbert Wilcox on 'Spring in Park Lane', the management of Religious Films Ltd (which later became GHW). He recalls various films he has been involved in dubbing sound and producing sound effects for, particularly 'The Chalk Garden', 'The Ipcress File', various Gerry Anderson television programmes, 'The Mechanic', 'Scorpio', 'Romeo and Juliet'. He, Jim Shields and Lionel Strutt discuss the advantages of the dubbing theatre in the Gate Studios, and various technical aspects of Askew's work. Unfortunately the sound quality on this interview is not perfect, and some passages are indecipherable.

(Lawrence Napper, BCHRP)