Updates from Maritime Film UK’s Rob White, TV producer, reporter and camera operator with 30 years’ experience at the BBC, Channel 4 and ITN

CEO in vision

07 October 2014
Duncan Souster

We always build in at least one ‘Changes’ day to the edit, so no problem when Jubilee Sailing Trust come up with some thoughts. They’re good ones – what they propose will improve the movie, and deliver more for the Cator family, for whose big fund-raiser this film is being made. Also we all agree a snap decision to ask Duncan to close the film (most important moment of all in terms of delivering their message.) But where? Luck of lucks, Tenacious is in port nearby – but about to leave. We make it in time and Duncan turns in a strong performance. Fighting the light though, which is fading fast – the location overshadowed by Southampton’s huge Ocean Terminal. A lighting rig would be great, but there’s no time! Get it done, then film Tenacious gliding sweetly away to sea.

“The strongest one so far”

07 October 2014
Friend of JST

First viewing of our Jubilee Sailing Trust film… deadline just over a week away now. To get cracking, last week went: Alton (Hants) on Monday, deepest Staffordshire on Tuesday, Plymouth on Wednesday and Chepstow on Thursday. No complaints – it was fun. The Trust are very appreciative and supportive, with their team on the project led by Sarah Webb, Head of Fundraising, and Jon Woods, Head of Sales and Marketing. One plus for us all is that their HQ is only 10 minutes’ drive from Andy’s edit suite. Always a nervous moment when you first show, but the feedback is great, with new CEO Duncan Souster describing our film as “The strongest one so far- goes a long way in encompassing what we do.” Similar praise from Sarah and Jon. Blushes and thank you! But there’s more… see next blog…

Care for Casualties

06 October 2014
Mike Smith

To Winchester to interview Lieutenant-Colonel Mike Smith for our Jubilee Sailing Trust movie. Mike runs ‘Care for Casualties’, which looks after injured servicemen from The Rifles., who are always in the front line when things get rather loud and full of bangs. That also means they’ve had their full share of casualties. Mike’s organization looks after those who’ve taken a hit for us – and he’s helped a lot of injured guys go to sea with the Trust, including Kyle Baker (October 2nd blog.) Heaving with rain so we film inside the regimental museum at the barracks. Interesting, go visit if you’re down that way.

P.S. If you need the loo at the museum, you’re directed “through the First World War” (!) They mean their WWI display but just for a moment you think you might give nature’s call a miss!!


03 October 2014

It may sound like a motorway, but in fact it’s a monitor – which, come to think of it, may in turn sound like an old-style school prefect! To avoid more confusion then, let’s call her what the National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN) call her: a ‘Coastal Bombardment Vessel’. This is HMS M33, in Portsmouth Dockyard, one of only two surviving warships from the First World War. Small ship, big guns – her role was to fire at enemy shore emplacements, often supporting the army. She’s doubly significant because she’s also the last warship left to have taken part in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915: Winston Churchill’s plan to attack Turkey from the Mediterranean, through the ‘Dardanelles’ narrows leading to the Black Sea. NMRN have big plans for M33 – and we might be involved. Watch this space…

The Rifles at sea!

02 October 2014
Kyle Baker

Filming Day 5 for the Jubilee Sailing Trust. We’re with a guy who we all owe a lot to: a soldier called Kyle Baker, formerly of The Rifles, who saw service in Afghanistan – and like many of his colleagues, paid a very heavy price on our and the Afghan people’s behalf. He was shot in the back while on active duty, suffering severe injuries that he still lives with – and post-traumatic stress disorder too, with its effect of putting you right back where you were, feeling just what you felt on the day the bad things happened. But Kyle says that sailing in both the Trust’s ships has helped him get his life going again – even (maybe specially) the scary bit of going up the mast in a rough sea.

Here’s to The Rifles, and all our servicemen and women.

Johanna Watch Leader

01 October 2014
Johanna Sidey

Day 4 of our Round Britain Tour for the Jubilee Sailing Trust…this time Maritime Films UK is in Plymouth to interview Johanna Sidey, who’s worked her way up to become a JST Watch Leader. This means she helps manage a Watch – crews with the JST are organized into teams called Watches, in classic seafaring style. Johanna got involved after a terrible car crash badly damaged her sight and mobility – but she’s won through to become a valued member of JST world. She told us how she was totally scared when she was waiting to go up one of the masts for the first time but once she got up into the heights she was exhilarated – along with her fellow mast climbers – and had stunning views of the fjord they’d sailed into. Call it the JST effect!

About Rob

Rob WhiteRob 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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