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Denis White

Profile

Dates
1959-1979
Role
Cameraman
Newsreels / Cinemagazines
Look at Life; British Movietone News
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Photo credit
BUFVC/Norman Fisher Collection

Career

Denis White began his career as a projectionist for Gaumont British, before joining Rank to work on ‘Look at Life,' which began in 1959. White became assistant cameraman on ‘Look at Life,' working with Peter Cannon [qv] and others, and then became a cameraman himself. When ‘Look at Life’ closed down in 1969 White seems to have freelanced for British Movietone News, and then to have joined them as cameraman, his first credit being for ‘WATER SKIING’ in No.2152A of September 1970. White was also in the camera teams that covered ‘IN COLOUR - THE DERBY’ in No.2191A, and ‘EUROPEAN CUP FINAL’ in No.2192, both of June 1971. From then onwards he was a regular contributor to the reel, and remained at Movietone until the closure of the British Movietone News in May 1979. His last credit for Movietone is for ‘THE CHELSEA FLOWER SHOW’ in British Movietone News No.2608 of that month. As White claimed at the time, ‘we’ve been killed off by television’: ‘They can have film on the screen in 40 minutes and satellited across the world at the same time. We can’t hope to compete.' After leaving Movietone White continued his career as a freelance cameraman.

Sources

Evening Standard, 24/5/1979, p.3, ‘Fifty years on - the last reel of history’: J. Ballantyne (ed) ‘Researcher’s Guide to British Newsreels: Vol.II’ (1988), p.35: Information from Peter Hampton, March 1999: NoS Number 31296; British Movietone News Number 2608; Date released 27/5/1979.

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