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The Blood of Hussain: Being approached by Jamil Dehlavi and locations


The Day Shall Dawn: Post-production and the success of the film
Walter Lassally Film-maker
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The film... when finally finished, the film went to London to be cut. Post-production happened in London and John Fletcher, in fact, did quite a bit of the editing together with Achtar. Some post-synching was done, not a lot. It was fairly simple to finish. A fairly simple film to finish. But it was in the cutting room for some weeks. It must have been in the cutting room six, seven weeks, something like that. I think there was also problems getting the negative shipped. We were worried about security because there wasn't any dupe negative or anything, so shipping the negative was a bit of a hairy problem. I can't remember how that was solved, but it wasn't the only time where I came across that problem. If it isn't cut and finished in the place where it was initially processed, then there comes a moment when you have to ship the negative, and supposing something happens to the negative. So that's always a problem. Then the film went to the Moscow Film Festival and won, I think it was second prize, the Silver Bear, and Kardar has this certificate. It wasn't the only festival. It went to several festivals. It won several prizes. It became... 20 years later when I made another film in West Pakistan, more than 20 years later, no, about 20 years later, that's right. By that time this film, [The] Day Shall Dawn had become the sort of Birth of a Nation of the Pakistani film industry. You shot Day Shall Dawn, my God!

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: Birth of a Nation, The Day Shall Dawn, John Fletcher

Duration: 1 minute, 41 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008