It was a real pleasure to listen back to these early documentaries, some of which were produced in Birmingham by Brian in collaboration with legends of documentary production Charles Parker and Philip Donnellan. The late, great Birmingham folk musician Ian Campbell added musical accompaniment to some of the docs – which provide a vivid audio snap shot of Birmingham from over 50 years ago…
It’s incredible to think that Brian got such impressive recordings from an old EMI L2 portable reel-to-reel recorder – which were heavy to lug around. The recordings were mostly spliced together by Brian on a Brunell editor at his house when he had spare time in the evenings – as he was an independent producer for the BBC who had to hold down other work.
The pieces included…
- The Bull Ring, Moments of Truth
- Cry from the Cut
- The Jewellery
- Life As It Was
- The Weavers’ Tale