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Working with Tony Richardson on Red and Blue


30 Is a Dangerous Age, Cynthia
Billy Williams Film-maker
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The next film was another comedy with Dudley Moore. That was called 'Thirty Is A Dangerous Age, Cynthia', directed by Joe McGraf, who was comedy director who'd worked with Peter Sellers and, he's a very funny guy, and we shot on location in Wimbledon and in the studio in St John's Wood, and it was about a guy who's approaching 30 and, you know, he wanted to have made some mark in his career by the time he reached 30 and he was a musician and he wrote a musical which appeared as if it was going to be an absolute disaster, but in fact turned out to become, you know, a success, so he succeeded by the time he was 30. We also went to Dublin. I had my first experience of working with the Irish, which was a delight. I really- the Irish crews were such fun and they're such wonderful storytellers that I've always enjoyed working in Ireland. Looking back on this film, which has been on television a number of times, I kind of wish I hadn't done it because looking at that- some of that early work, I really feel- oh dear; oh my goodness; I got this so wrong- in terms of lighting- I really- looking back on most of my early lighting, not all of it but a lot of my early lighting, I think oh dear; why did I do it like that?

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: 1 minute, 31 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008