Francis Searle

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Francis
Family name: 
Searle
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Interview Number: 
37
Interview Date(s): 
23 May 1988
7 Jun 1988
29 Jul 1988
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Duration (mins): 
420
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Francis Searle started his early cinema appreciation watching silent films in Putney. First work as a builder of ornate decorations for cinema interiors. Drummer in a group for hobby. Columbia Gramophone Company in laboratories.Highbury studios seeing many stars such as Douglas Fairbanks. GB Screen services on commercials as Asst Director. Many cameramen worked on commercials Jack Cardiff etc. Ovaltine commercial. Brighton studios where Directors still wore plus fours. Ministry of Information films for the services amongst others . For Sydney Box directing Celia . Pearl and Dean . Hammer Films as freelance.