METAMORPHOSIS (Drama)

My graduation film from the School of film and Television of the Royal College of Art in London.
It won the "Best of Festival" prize of the International Student Film Competition of the Chicago Film festival, USA in 1969 and helped me considerably in gaining foot in the Television and Film industries in the UK.
Many thanks to Karel Reisz ,Brian Forbes,James Mossman,Jeremy Isaacs,Denis Forman,Gus Macdonald and many others.

The Spice of Life "Chillies" (Documentary)

One of a series of 13 programmes shot in over 36 countries narrating the fascinating story of Spices throughout the world.

A Point in Time (Drama)

A story I imagined about going through the "Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch.
Proof of the broad minded attitude Granada TV had in those days and specially the brave and always helpful Sir Denis Forman who allowed me to embark on this exotic adventure. Naturally, as in the painting ,there were full frontal male and female nudes and the tabloids then loved to make a big song and dance about it.
Banned for a few months by the IBA it finally aired on ITV on February 20th 1973, was loved by some and utterly hated by others ,but even today I occasionally receive messages from people for whom it was a rather special moment in TV.

Commercials 1 (UK, Namibia, France)

The following commercials were produced by James Garrett & Partners,London UK and shot in 1979/1980 on location and studio .

Commercials 2 (Italy)

The following commercials were produced by Film Master, Rome & Milan, Recta Film, Rome, Action Film, Rome and were shot on locations in Italy and Cinecitta studios in Rome in 1977/78 and 1985/88

Carnaval Bahia (part1) Documentary

The film was shot in the city of Salvador, Bahia, home of the most spectacular street carnivals in Brazil. It follows three young,poor black kids from the Pelourinho historical quarter who want to form their own "Bloco"(carnival club) When they finally succeed it will be the birth of OLODUM which was to become one Salvador's most important enterprises. It was filmed in 1981 for the "Disappearing World" series of Granada Television UK.

Carnaval (part 2) Documentary

The film was shot in the city of Salvador, Bahia, home of the most spectacular street carnivals in Brazil. It follows three young,poor black kids from the Pelourinho historical quarter who want to form their own "Bloco"(carnival club) When they finally succeed it will be the birth of OLODUM which was to become one Salvador's most important enterprises. It was filmed in 1981 for the "Disappearing World" series of Granada Television UK.

"Queen of Hearts"(Evita Perón) Documentary

Made for Thames Television, London UK was filmed in Argentina and Italy between October 1971 and February 1972. First aired in the UK on October 24th 1972 and then in several other European countries and the USA.
In 1973 it won the "Best Network International " prize at the Chicago Film festival USA. This film was at the origins of the subsequent famous musical "Evita" by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber and it was I who wrote and spoke the opening lines heard in the in its first recording of it as the "actor" in the film running in a "cinema in Buenos Aires" that gets interrupted by the announcement ( also my voice) of Eva's death. (see Evita Wikipedia,Journal Of Latin American Lore, UCLA, Sunday Times etc) Journal of Latin American Lore UCLA: "How did Rice and Webber become interested in Evita and how did they intend to portray her? With regard to the first question, apparently Rice had become intrigued with Eva Perón after hearing a radio program about her life. A mutual friend suggested that he meet the Argentine film director Carlos Pasini, who had completed a one-hour documentary for Thames Television in England.58 Pasini's film, Queen of Hearts, showed the life of Eva through old film footage of her acting career in the cinema, newsreels of the riots leading to Perón's presidency in 1946, clips of Eva's speeches at political rallies, "home movies" shot by Eva's brother during the "Rainbow Tour," and documentary coverage of the mass mourning at her death. The documentary opened and closed with dramatized scenes conceived by Pasini in which Eva's coffin was shown being smuggled out of Argentina to an anonymous grave where it lay undiscovered for seventeen years.
A high-ranking official of Thames Television later attested that Rice and Webber had this documentary shown to them many, many times.59 One can see how certain scenes in the documentary must have influenced the makers of Evita: the mass rallies with tens of thousands of voices chanting "Eeee-veee-TAH, Eeee-veee-TAH," the gestures, hairstyles, and clothes of Eva, the high-pitched tone of her voice when giving speeches.
In the meantime, according to Pasini,60 Rice went to Buenos Aires to conduct research. Armed with a list from Pasini of people to meet, Rice retraced Pasini's steps, and he eventually included the Pasini format of opening and closing the portrayal of Evita with aspects of her death. Too, the 'projection of documentary photos onto a giant screen on stage seemed to resemble Pasini's approach."

MEHINACU Documentary for Disappearing World series

The opposition of the sexes expressed through the "Piqui" rituals of the Mehinacu tribe Xingú National Park Brasil.

The Immortal (Drama)

From a short story by Jorge Luis Borges it was commissioned by James Mossman for the BBC TV programme "Review", it was aired in the UK in 1970.

Filmed on location mostly in a quarry near London and in the Plaster Cast Room of the Victoria and Albert Museum.

"The She Wolf & The Caterpillar" (The Palio Horse Race in Siena) (Documentary)

The film (Granada TV 1973) follows two rival "Contradas" of the ancient Italian city of Siena , The She Wolf and the Caterpillar as they prepare to do battle during one of the most extraordinary horse races in the world: The " Palio" of Siena.

The Palio is the is the prize for the winner, a painted standard that is treasured by the winning Contrada for years.

Only nine of the thirteen contrabass of Siena run in each Palio which takes place twice a year in July and August. The Palio horse race was featured in one of the most recent james Bond films.

"Where the Houses Used to Be" (Documentary)

The controversial effects on a community of a new housing estate in Battersea, London.

Made for the series "Report" Thames Television 1971.