|Ken Moses at Olympic Park 7 Nov 1956|
Needless to say this incident became the feature of an article written by my father and published in The Argus. A footnote stated that: "The secretary of the Australian Olympic Federation, Mr. Edgar Tanner, in a recent letter to the president of the Federation of Amateur Cine Societies, said every facility would be given to amateur movie fans to take films in training."
My father did contine to take his camera with him and filmed a number of the events that he covered during the Olympic Games.
Dad also used the camera to take a film of a holiday on my grandparents' farm in Queensland. I can remember him filming us swimming in the creek and also of my younger sister plucking a chook. My mother recalled a section of the film showing my sister on a horse while she was mouthing the words, "let me off". Film nights when Dad showed his movies on the projector were part of family entertainment.
Good family memories however the family film has disappeared. Dad lent it to someone who was out from England to show him what the Australian bush was like. The film has not been seen since. I guess that this story illustrates how important it is for us to keep copies / back up our files.
Postscript: I have just visited my sister who says that there are cans of film in a cupboard and she is sure that one of them contains the Olympic Games film. If so, we will have a DVD made from it. She confirms that the family holiday film has definitely gone.
What a shame those films were lost. We had a movie camera but the novelty wore off quickly, unfortunately. I still have the movies we did take with it, however, & one of these days intend to have them put on a DVD so we can watch them on our computers.ReplyDelete
Good on Ken for persevering, shame the film was lost! Things haven't changed all that much - when I went to the tennis recently I was told that big cameras and video camera weren't allowed, but thankfully my dslr with zoom lens was acceptable. I needed it to get reasonable shots of players from our seats high up in the stands!ReplyDelete
My husband has home movies from the 20's and he's intended to have them transferred to DVD for years. The longer he waits, the better the technology gets. The one advantage of procrastination.ReplyDelete
Oh that's too bad to have lost those precious films. Glad you all got to see the family movies. We had similar evenings with our old 8 MM films of ourselves and cousins. But someone did make the effort and they are now saved on DVD discs.ReplyDelete
If someone invents a foolproof easy method of transferring at home old movie reels to DVD or MP4 it would be great. What a pity the holiday memories were lost.ReplyDelete
Even today some places don't allow cameras for any number of reasons. It must have been disappointing for family and friends of the athletes to be prohibited from taking pictures. (and what good news to learn the film still exists!)ReplyDelete
Yes! You must get the old movies digitised before they deteriorate. There might be some surprises there.ReplyDelete
Great story! At the most recent Olympics I remember how odd it was to see thousands of spectators and athletes alike holding up a smartphone to record an event, all while watching the event by looking at the tiny screen too. Weird how technology changes us. Imagine trying to find a digital video 60 years from now. Which flash drive chip was that on? Do we still have that cellphone?ReplyDelete