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Fibreglass igloos built for Agaguk


Agaguk: the ice melts
Billy Williams Film-maker
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We were partway through shooting the scenes in the village, when we had a thaw and all the ice disappeared and finished up in the bottom of the quarry, so we came back after the weekend of thaw and we had no backing. We just had our Inuit... Inuit village against this black rock and it was a disaster because there was water everywhere and no ice, and our inventive, ingenuous production designer then brought in the painters, who... who started painting the walls of the quarry to trick... try and get rid of all the black and I mean, it was an impossible situation; we just lost so much time because we were running out of weather cover, you see.

Billy Williams, London-born cinematographer Billy Williams gained his first two Oscar nominations for the acclaimed “Women in Love” and “On Golden Pond”. His third nomination, which was successful, was for the epic “Gandhi”. He was President of the British Society of Cinematographers, and was awarded the Camera Image Festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000.

Listeners: Neil Binney

Neil Binney began working as a 'clapper boy' in 1946 on spin-off films from steam radio such as "Dick Barton". Between 1948-1950 he served as a Royal Air Force photographer. From 1950 he was a Technicolor assistant technician working on films such as John Ford's "Mogambo" (photographed by Freddie Young), Hitchcock's "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (Bob Burke), and Visconti's "Senso" (G.R. Aldo/B. Cracker). As a camera assistant he worked on "Mind Benders", "Billy Liar" and "This Sporting Life". Niel Binney became a camera operator in 1963 and worked with, among others, Jack Cardiff, Fred Tammes and Billy Williams. He was elected associate member of the British Society of Cinematographers in 1981 and his most recent credits include "A Fish Called Wanda" and "Fierce Creatures".

Duration: 55 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008