Andy Leonard – Out with a Bang!

Andy Leonard – Out with a Bang!

As many of you know the then chair of BECTU’s Western Freelance Branch and Lighting Camerman, Andy Leonard sadly died in the summer of 2012. Last Friday 19th July Andy Leonard’s sister and his family organized the most wonderful celebration of Andy’s life, timed for what would have been his 50th birthday. Many of his family and friends gathered, ate, drank and exchanged stories. An ad hoc band, (called “Ad Hoc”)  played, there was fantastic cake and the highlight was a fireworks display at 10pm – including  huge 12 rockets packed with Andy’s ashes. It was indeed “out with a bang” which, launched from Ashton Court would have been visible all over Bristol. So if you saw fireworks around that time – that was Andy Leonard. I hope you felt the love my...

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Hard Road West – documentary movie

Hard Road West – documentary movie

I’ve just completed a website for a colleague who has made a docu-drama called Hard Road West about the “Donner Party”.April 1846. The United States are just 69 years old and 2 families, with no experience of exploration, embark on a marathon journey into the unknown. California, at that time Mexican territory, is 2,400 miles away and, travelling by wagon train at 2 miles an hour, they hope to reach their ‘promised land’ in about 150 days. They don’t. Fated by extreme weather, undermined by human error, ravaged by hunger, two ordinary families are driven to the very edge of endeavour and endurance. This is their story as told by the survivors…“Even the wind seemed to hold its breath as the suggestion was made that, were one to die, the rest might live”. Eliza Donner. Find out more about the film and watch some clips at www.widescreenpictures.co.uk – The Donner Party...

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