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Losing out on a job with Joseph Losey


Sequence magazine
Walter Lassally Film-maker
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Lindsay was editing a magazine called Sequence, Lindsay Anderson this is, together with Penelope Houston and Gavin Lambert and initially there was another person called Ericsson. And this was a, sort of, forerunner to Sight and Sound; it was a very good critical magazine with illustrations and everything, which Lindsay more or less financed himself, or they between them they financed it. And it wasn't sold on news-stands, it was sold by subscription and in film clubs and various... so we decided that they would give us a bit of publicity for making Saturday Night, and we would try and sell Sequence in the studios. So I went around... a certain period I went around to the studios selling... trying to sell Sequence, I never sold many copies because they weren't really interested, as there weren't any film buffs. And in one studio I didn't even get in the gate, because there was a big sign which said, 'No hawkers or trespassers'. So they wouldn't let me in. But in most of them I got in, I got a fairly friendly reception, I sold a few copies but not a lot. But all of this as you know the studios around London are quite some distance from the centre, so it's all busses and trains and... quite a business. But, that was my first contact with Lindsay really. Then it developed into... we made films together subsequently, several. But that was the... that was the first contact... was... was through Sequence.

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: Saturday Night, Lindsay Anderson

Duration: 1 minute, 27 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008