Gandolfi - Family Business
Arthur and Fred at Home

Gandolfi - Family Business - A film by Ken and David Griffiths

Gandolfi - Family Business tells the story of Fred and Arthur Gandolfi as they move from being the world's oldest living camera-makers into a well-earned retirement.


But,  just as Fred is reluctant to part with the tools that have been the very extension of his limbs, the brothers Gandolfi are inextricably linked with their history and their workshop. The Griffiths Brothers film lovingly captures the beauty of their craft, the legacy of their family and the last years of their remarkable lives.


Gandolfi – Family Business has been in  production since 1982. Throughout his career, photographer Ken Griffiths set out to capture vanishing worlds.  Ken  inspired his brother David and sister-in-law Pam, along with friends Laurie Lewis, Joe Dunton and Mic Dixon to collaborate with him on what became a twenty year journey. The film encompasses Ken Griffiths’ classical framing style, along with his vibrant sense of humour.


Filming continued until after Arthur's death in 1993. Post production was started in 1985 on 16mm film and versions have been made on tape and non-linear editing systems  A definitive cut was completed as an 'offline edit' in 2003. With support from a National Museum of Photography, Film and Television grant, the documentary was completed and premiered in January 2004, at the Sheffield International Documentary Festival both in Sheffield and at the National Film Theatre, London.  Now, in 2016 we are scanning the original negative in 2K so we can create the final master and distribute the film.

THE TEAM

KEN GRIFFITHS

PRODUCER/DIRECTOR

PAM GRIFFITHS

PRODUCER

DAVID GRIFFITHS

PRODUCER/

CINEMATOGRAPHER

MIC DIXON

CO-PRODUCER/EDITOR

JOE DUNTON

EXECUTIVE PRODUCER

LAURIE LEWIS

CO-PRODUCER/

SOUND RECORDIST

PETER JAMES

CAMERA ASSISTANT

BRETT LAMBSHINE

CAMERA ASSISTANT

JEAN-LUC BENARD

CAMERA ASSISTANT

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CREDITS

Gandolfi 'Family Business'


A film by David and Ken Griffiths

Original music - Glen Gordon

Editor - Michael Dixon

Writer - Laurie Lewis

Cinematography - David Griffiths

Executive Producer - Joe Dunton


Co-producers - Laurie Lewis and Michael Dixon

Producers - Pamela, David and Ken Griffiths

Director - Ken Griffiths


Production Manager - Pamela Griffiths

Production Assistants

Rahanna Firrell and Rebekah Gilbertson

Sound - Laurie Lewis

Sound Equipment - Richmond Film Services

Post Production - Michael Dixon

Edit Facilities - POW Productions


Camera Crew: Peter James, Martin Coppin, Richard Holoborrow, Bret Lambshine, Clive Jackson, Gavin Finney, Leigh Crisp, Tony Haynes, Katerina Mattingley, Jeremy Young, Jean-Luc Benard, Alexi Williams.

The Producers specially thank:


The Gandolfi Family,

Neighbours,

Friends


The Many Contributors

including:

Metropolitan Police Silver Band

Inspector John Hillier

H M Prison, Pentonville: Alwyn Slocombe

Queens Hotel, Bournemouth: David Burr

Saint Brides Church: Rev, Canon John Oates, Robert Jones, Matthew Morley

Southampton Camera Club

Top Knot Hairdressers: Jill Evans

Vintage Cameras Ltd.

The Producers wish to thank the following, whose generosity enabled this film to be made:


Camera Equipment and Film Stock

Joe Dunton, JDC Cameras


John Perkins

Lighting

Len James, James Electrical

The Producers wish to thank the National Museum of Film, Television and Photography, whose generosity enabled this film to be completed.


Thank you to: Susan Ashe, John Buckeley, Norman Thomas di Giovanni, Brian Harding, Bill Marshall.


The DVD of Gandolfi – Family Business is now available

Produced in the DigiPak format, the DVD package is an elegantly designed collectible production, including a 36 page booklet featuring many of Ken’s pictures, the making of the film, and Fred Gandolfi’s own description of camera making.  Plus a lot more besides.


DVD Package designed and produced by Martin Reed

available on Amazon


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Digital re-mastering - 2019

POW Productions Ltd - Mic Dixon


With special thanks to

Graham Ford


thanks to

Nigel Horne

Daniel Crussell