Peter Handford

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Peter T
Family name: 
Handford
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Interview Number: 
71
Interview Date(s): 
19 Nov 1988
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Duration (mins): 
113
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Peter Handford was a pioneering location sound recordist, 

During a career, which stretched from 1936, when he joined Denham Studios as a 17-year-old sound apprentice, to 1988, he worked with host of top flight directors including Alfred Hitchcock, Sidney Pollack, Tony Richardson and David Lean. He struck up friendships with Katherine Hepburn, Robert Redford, Meryl Streep and Clint Eastwood and was the proud recipient of an Oscar and a BAFTA award for his work on Out of Africa. Although he worked closely with Hollywood during his later years, he will be forever linked with the English New Wave Free Cinema movement of the 1960s, led by Tony Richardson and including such other leading maverick directors as Karel Reisz, John Schlesinger and Jack Clayton.

He helped create such classics as Room At The Top, The Entertainer, Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, Sons and Lovers, Billy Liar, Tom Jones, Charge of the Light Brigade and Oh What A Lovely War. 

He  went on to work on Dangerous Liaisons, Gorillas in the Mist  (both 1988) and White Hunter Black Heart (1990). His last film was Havana (also 1990).
 

Peter also left an enduring legacy to railway historians by recording, and therefore preserving, the sounds of the great steam engines, and ensuring their release on a record label which he himself instigated.