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David Samuelson (1924-2015)

(image © BUFVC)

(image © BUFVC)

Other events covered by David Samuelson were known as Hardy Annuals, they included: The Grand National, FA Football Cup Finals, Trooping the Colour, The Derby, Henley Royal Regatta, Royal Ascot, Wimbledon Tennis and the University Boat Race. The period of David’s life at British Movietone was, I believe, the most enjoyable time of his life. He would always reflect, when socialising, whilst in the company of his colleagues, friends and family, how much he enjoyed his Cinema Newsreel Days, he was never short of a story.

During the early sixties, David’s brother Sydney invited him to join his newly formed company Samuelson’s Film Services as Technical Director. There he contributed to many innovations and designs of equipment, winning many awards. Samuelsons Film Services eventually became the world’s largest motion picture camera and lighting rental company. The rest, as they say, is history.

One of David’s last ambitions had yet to come, having missed his Bar mitzvah (Jewish Confirmation) at the age of thirteen, he eventually achieved his goal at the age of eighty at a ceremony at the West London Synagogue on 10th July 2004. David got a great sense of joy and achievement in being a member of the Jewish faith which prepared him for the next stage of destiny.

Ron E. Collins
(Ex Cameraman, British Movietonews 1960 – 1969)

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