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The Day Shall Dawn: A run in with the police


The Day Shall Dawn: Life on a boat
Walter Lassally Film-maker
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Towards the... towards end of the shooting in the village, we moved. I can't quite remember why, but... yes, it was getting very hot. This must have been towards the end of March, beginning of April which gets pretty hot. So, there was a boat available. A strange boat which had a platform on the top, was made available. They had some comfortable cabins and they brought this boat and they moored it at the edge of the river there, and we moved in there, John and Marlene and I and Achtar and Shanti. They had separate cabins, or they shared a cabin each. And, the platform on the top was because it was the boat which, in the days of the Raj, was the... The governor of the area used to use this launch to go around and sometimes he made speeches from this platform on the roof. And one... one night there was a... we were woken up by a tremendous commotion and a big splash, and then it became quiet again.

Born in Germany, cinematographer Walter Lassally (1926-2017) was best known for his Oscar-winning work on 'Zorba the Greek'. He was greatly respected in the film industry for his ability to take the best of his work in one area and apply it to another, from mainstream to international art films to documentary. He was associated with the Free Cinema movement in the 1950s, and the British New Wave in the early 1960s. In 1987 he published his autobiography called 'Itinerant Cameraman'.

Listeners: Peter Bowen

Peter Bowen is a Canadian who came to Europe to study and never got round to heading back home. He did his undergraduate work at Carleton University (in Biology) in Ottawa, and then did graduate work at the University of Western Ontario (in Zoology). After completing his doctorate at Oxford (in the Department of Zoology), followed with a year of postdoc at the University of London, he moved to the University's newly-established Audio-Visual Centre (under the direction of Michael Clarke) where he spent four years in production (of primarily science programs) and began to teach film. In 1974 Bowden became Director of the new Audio-Visual Centre at the University of Warwick, which was then in the process of introducing film studies into the curriculum and where his interest in the academic study of film was promoted and encouraged by scholars such as Victor Perkins, Robin Wood, and Richard Dyer. In 1983, his partner and he moved to Greece, and the following year he began to teach for the University of Maryland (European Division), for which he has taught (and continues to teach) biology and film courses in Crete, Bosnia, and the Middle East.

Tags: The Day Shall Dawn

Duration: 1 minute, 6 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008