Editing children's films (Phil Fawke)

Phil Fawke interviewed by Richard Wallace

Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes working as a relief projectionist during the war, and being told to show edited versions of films during children's matinees.

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I was called up to first, not the army, I was called up to down the pits of all things, you know, as a Bevin Boy. And during that time when I was at Stoke on Trent, I worked at a cinema part time as a projectionist there in Fenton. And the funny thing there, I used to get paid in sixpences and threepenny bits. And if it was a children’s programme and we had a sort of suitable film on, but a bit long, the manager used to say, just show the toddlers one thing and then put part two on the other and change over, he said, they won’t know the difference which nobody ever did really when they were kids.

Title

Editing children's films (Phil Fawke)

Subject

Description

Projectionist and cinema manager Phil Fawke describes working as a relief projectionist during the war, and being told to show edited versions of films during children's matinees.

Source

Interview with Phil Fawke

Publisher

The University of Warwick

Date

09/12/2015

Format

.mp3

Language

English

Type

Sound recording
interview extract

Coverage

1940-1944

Interviewer

Richard Wallace

Interviewee

Phil Fawke

Date of Interview

04/12/2014

Location

Birmingham

Transcription

I was called up to first, not the army, I was called up to down the pits of all things, you know, as a Bevin Boy. And during that time when I was at Stoke on Trent, I worked at a cinema part time as a projectionist there in Fenton. And the funny thing there, I used to get paid in sixpences and threepenny bits. And if it was a children’s programme and we had a sort of suitable film on, but a bit long, the manager used to say, just show the toddlers one thing and then put part two on the other and change over, he said, they won’t know the difference which nobody ever did really when they were kids.

Original Format

One-to-one interview

Duration

00:00:49

Bit Rate/Frequency

320kbps

Cinema

Plaza Cinema, 147 King Street, Fenton

Citation

The Projection Project, “Editing children's films (Phil Fawke),” Projection Project, accessed May 22, 2019, https://projectionproject.warwick.ac.uk/items/show/423.

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