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Shooting Women in Love's confrontation scene


Women in Love was a very sensual film
Billy Williams Film-maker
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We had other scenes, again in Newcastle where we had these wonderful old streets and old pubs, where Glenda Jackson is wandering around in this working class area with... where there was a pub with prostitutes hanging around and fights going on between the miners and she's really intrigued with all this... well this other world, and we did it... a night exterior and there was one scene where she walks through a tunnel — a tunnel under the railway — and there's a young couple there kissing, and I wet... I wetted the ground down and put a 10K right way back so that the whole of the... the roadway that goes under the railway tunnel was... had got this lovely shine to it with the cobbled stones, and in the foreground was this young couple kissing, very under lit and Glenda walks past and looks at them in a kind of curious way. Later in the film, in exactly the same location, she has a love scene with Oliver Reed and it was this kind of curiosity that she has to kind of explore her sexuality in a variety of different situations, not just in the comfort of a bedroom, but wherever it happened to be. And... and this, of course, is all from DH Lawrence and his sensuality, and Ken was the perfect person to explore this. The film is... I mean it's a very sensual film and a very tactile film, and it gave me all these chances to do such a variety of cinematography with... with different times of day and different filters.

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: 2 minutes, 7 seconds

Date story recorded: September 2003

Date story went live: 24 January 2008