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.