Gerry Fisher

Forename/s: 
Gerry
Family name: 
Fisher
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Interview Number: 
303
Interview Date(s): 
19 Oct 1993
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Duration (mins): 
255

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SIDE ONE

Born 1926 at 12 Waterloo Road. Family moved around the Greater London area, educated various places. After leaving technical college got a job (war time) with Kodak, making the F7 reconnaissance camera used by the Royal Air Force. Later called up into the Navy, didn’t want to take the statutory 6 months work; his father happened to meet Bert Mason who was [?] from that point on in 1946 he worked for the Alliance Group (Riverside, Southall and Twickenham). These all eventually closed down. He then went to work for Wesses making documentaries.

 

SIDE TWO

His career continues from Focus Puller to Operator, working with Pennington-Richards [BEHP Interview 122], Bob Day, Ted Scaife and John Wilcox. He then moved to MGM working for Jack Hildyard, [Interview 29] Peter Newbrook [Interview 374] and Freddie Young [Interview 4]. He worked with David Lean on The Bridge over the River Kwai, with Ossie Morris [Interviews 9 and 689] etc.

SIDE THREE

Still working as Camera Operator: Suddenly Last Summer, The Millionairess; Road to Hong Kong; The Yellow Rolls Royce; Cleopatra, Modesty Blaise, Casino Royale. Joseph Losey got a message through to him whilst he was working in Ireland, asked him to read the script of Accident. He read the script, talked to Losey over the phone and was told he had the job to light the film; since that time, he has never looked back. He talks about working with Losey, also the time when Michael Winner thought he might be able to use Fisher. A very funny story about Liz Taylor, and a conversation Gerry had with Rouben Mamoulian when he was directing Cleopatra.

SIDE FOUR

His career continues. He talks about working with Billy Wilder on Fedora, John Huston with Escape to Victory, Ned Kelly with Tony Richardson and working with Sydney Lumet.

SIDE FIVE

Sydney Lumet continued, etc.,

 SIDE SIX

Shooting Commercials.

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Transcript
Biographical

Father of Cary Fisher (camera operator)