A JEWEL OF A COMMISSION
04 December 2017
In maritime film-making, anything is possible… when you’re called by Jacquie Shaw, Head of Press at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, and told “You’re going to like this!” , you’re all ears…and in this case, all enthusiasm and excitement. Because what Jacquie offered was the chance to make a film that was a once in a lifetime opportunity: the recreation of the fabulous ‘Chelengk’ jewel (picture) given to Admiral Nelson by Sultan Selim III of Turkey as a reward for his stunning victory over the French navy at the Battle of the Nile in 1798; a victory that completely killed off Napoleon’s bid to grab Egypt from the Sultan’s Ottoman Empire. The jewel had a chequered history after Nelson’s death at Trafalgar. Now came its recreation, in all its diamond-studded glory! And we were tasked to film it.
Rob is a TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN, in news, factual and documentary production. He is a four times award winner, whose awards include a coveted Royal Television Society award for his work on Channel 4 News. His association with The Maritime Foundation goes back to 1995, when he won the first Desmond Wettern Maritime Media Award for a series of reports that led to a major documentary on the loss of the bulk carrier Derbyshire.
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