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Tom Jones: The cast


Tom Jones: The schedule
Walter Lassally Film-maker
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So the art director wanted it a different colour so they were all repainted. And then we got behind schedule and we got close, perilously close, to the day when the girls were due to return from their holiday. And this problem was presented to Tony and he said, 'Oh, well, I'll do my best to finish it'. Then he said, 'Otherwise they'll just have to have their dormitory puce'. But we managed. We finished... that film was finished a week over schedule, and at the very beginning, the production manager, the people who did the budget, said, this film needs 18 weeks. But Tony said, well, we can only afford 15 weeks, so we're going to make it in 15 weeks. And we started and we made it in 15 weeks, and we were a week short, and the completion guarantee people came over to supervise the extra week, but they couldn't do anything because we had to do those scenes, and it wasn't a waste of time or money. And, of course, afterwards the film earned a bomb, so in the end it didn't matter. But at the time, it was a problem. But it only went one week over schedule, to 16 weeks.

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: Tony Richardson

Duration: 1 minute, 12 seconds

Date story recorded: June 2004

Date story went live: 24 January 2008