Oscar and BAFTA on display at Elstree and Borehamwood film museum

Ken Baker and Paul Welsh take a look at the Oscar and BAFTA on loan from sound engineer Richard Pryke

Ken Baker and Paul Welsh take a look at the Oscar and BAFTA on loan from sound engineer Richard Pryke

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Two iconic film awards have gone on display at Elstree and Borehamwood Museum.

The museum has been loaned an Oscar and a BAFTA award belonging to sound engineer Richard Pryke for his work in the film Slumdog Millionaire.

Elstree Screen Heritage, a group dedicated to upholding the film history of the town, approached the Mr Pryke and asked if he would be able to loan anything to the museum for an exhibition celebrating 100 years of filmmaking.

Mr Pryke, who lives in Borehamwood, has many connections with the town.

Slumdog Millionaire, which received 24 awards, drew on the format Who Wants to be a Millionaire, which started life at Elstree.

Mr Pryke's wife Natalie, whom he met at Pinewood Studios, worked as an assistant sound editor on Superman IV in what is now known as Elstree Studios, while his sister-in-law currently works in the make-up department of Eastenders at the BBC Studios in Clarendon Road.

On top of that, Mr Pryke's father-in-law Ken Baker started his career in the post room at Elstree Film Studios and has since worked on countless British and international television programmes.

Mr Baker said: “It’s great that Richard, someone who has lived in Borehamwood for about 15 years now, can win these awards and have them on show. What an experience for him.

“It’s good to see the family being recognised in the museum for our connections to the industry, as we’ve all enjoyed it in some way or another.”

The exhibition is part of a series of events in the town to commemorate a century of filmmaking, which began when Neptune Studios was set up in 1914.

It also features a trailer for documentary 'From Borehamwood to Hollywood', with highlights from interviews with celebrities and veteran studio personnel - including Mr Baker.

The exhibition has been funded by Heritage Lottery and Hertsmere Borough Council, and was designed and produced by Elstree Screen Heritage and museum design artist Mike Rollins.

Councillor Brenda Batten, portfolio holder for leisure, culture and health, said: "A lot of thought and imagination has gone into the exhibition, which takes you through the history of the various studios and their productions and famous stars. Those who have visited already have given very positive feedback. There's something for every generation so do pop along and enjoy it."

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10:53pm Thu 14 Aug 14

watfordman says...

paul welsh wins oscar for film and tv work, lol
paul welsh wins oscar for film and tv work, lol watfordman
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