Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Bud Tingwell's New England connection

Bud Tingwell Homicide

Australian actor Bud Tingwell died last Friday, 15 May 2009. This photo shows him playing a part in the Australian TV series Homicide,  Australia's longest locally made TV series.

Bud's life will be carried at length. In this post, I just wanted to note two England connections.

In 1953, he played the part of Alan Blake in Cecil Holmes' feature film Captain Thunderbolt. This part has been forgotten in all the coverage about his career, including his move overseas.

I spoke of this film in Belshaw’s World: Bushrangers and cattle duffers, because it was very much a local movie.

This was Holywood come to Armidale. People lined up to be extras. Thunderbolt rode my grandfather's horse in one scene, my father was chairman of the jury, two aunts were in a robbed stage coach.

Thanks to the Wollombi Valley blog, I find that there is a much later connection. In 2008, a film starring Bud Tingwell won the 2008 Wollombi Valley short film festival.

Assuming that I have everything right, the film you tube should follow.    

If you would like to leave a message for the family in Bud's blog you will find it here.

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