David Watkin interview with Peter Handford
In 1985 Peter won an Oscar and a Bafta for his work on Sidney Pollack’s Out of Africa. He also worked alongside David on Charge of the Light Brigade (1968) and Oh! What a Lovely War (1969).
During the war he was part of the British Expeditionary Force evacuated when the Germans overran France. He returned as a cameraman on the D-Day landings.
Handford was a modest man who did not care for the fuss and glamour of the film industry. In his spare time he used film recording techniques to capture the vanishing world of steam railways. He established the renowned record label Transacord which is dedicated to steam railway recordings. His collection of steam recordings is now lodged with the National Railway Museum in York.