‘An Unusual Life’. Return to England 1974 – London via Amsterdam.

After half an hour of driving around we arrived in the centre of Amsterdam and stopped by some traffic lights. A small hatchback pulled up beside us on Taffy’s side. Taffy asked me to hand him a brown bag, which I did, while looking over. I saw there were four guys in the car and I watched Taffy hand the bag to the driver. The bag must have weighed two to three kilos. In exchange they handed him an envelope and both parties drove away when the traffic lights turned green. Few words, if any, had been spoken.

‘An Unusual Life’, Africa to Denmark – 1973. Danish Roots and WW2

Freetown Christiania, in Copenhagen, is an area of about 19 acres separated from the rest of Copenhagen by a canal. We lived there for a short while when we first arrived in Copenhagen. There my brother and I made fast friends and picked up the language quickly, hanging out with a group of good natured and mischievous boys we met outside the cultural centre by one of the main canals. With them we would explore the remarkable city of Copenhagen and Christiania, with its dope and crepes selling vans. Through doors left open after parties we would creep into flats, retrieve empty bottles and sell them to the shops for pennies, which we’d use to buy ciggies.

John de Borman

John de Borman BSC – Prepping a Directorial Debut and The Impact of Covid on Film

John de Borman, as director of photography, has worked on Serendipity, The Full Monty, Saving Grace and Quartet, among others. John talks about how lockdown has affected him personally and the film industry as a whole; as well as how he’s been been putting downtime to good use, preparing to direct his own first feature film: ‘The Bull’.