Cat no. 9654

AHRC Anglia Television Oral Histories: Peter Newbrook (Head of Lighting)

Running time2:53:42 2007

Recorded 31 July 2007

Interviewed by Richard Taylor and Louise Lawrence, 31 July 2007 at EAFA

Comprehensive interview where Peter Newbrook (1920-2009) gives account of his fascinating life and career starting with his earliest childhood memories as a cinemagoer and family background. First steps into film-making at the camera department in Teddington studios, owned by Warner Bros. Details on salary and people who worked with are given. During WWII he joined the army at the Kinematograph Dept. and embarked into a secret mission around the world. These stories are intertwined with more personal passages. After the war he worked for Ealing Studios as camera operator for two years and then established himself as a freelancer. Then he met David Lean while working for British Lion, for which he worked on Lawrence of Arabia and The Bridge On The River Kwai. He gives a personal account of Lean’s working methods and temperament. In the 1960s, he eventually became a producer, making exploitation pictures such as Corruption (1968) and Incense Of The Damned (1970) with Robert Hartford-Davies.

Part one of two. (Part two is CAT. 9655)