Award winners: (left to right) John Howden (Documentary), Bernard Polley (Open), Paul Desmond (Film of the Year and Chairman’s Cup), Barrie Gibbard (Ray Jennings), Brian Salmons (Film Maker of the Year), Bryan Littlewood (Five Minute) and Robin Garton (Achievement).The courage and endurance of families of bomb disposal service personnel, who served in Afghanistan, was the central theme of a short that won the club’s prestigious Film of the Year award. (21 April 2015).
Film maker Paul Desmond focused his camera on stonemason Sue Pengelley as she painstakingly carved an inscription, dedicated to the military families of Carver Barracks, in Cumbrian slate at her Halstead workshop.
The film, “Stone of Courage” also won the Chairman’s Cup, an open competition.
Brian Salmons was awarded the Film Maker of the Year Boudicca, having gained the most points during a season of six competitions.
Brian, who lives in Norfolk, joined the club only a couple of years ago and has quickly established himself as a prolific film maker.
Robin Garton was presented with a special achievements Boudicca for his herculean task of transferring more than 200 club films in different formats digitally for the club’s archive which goes back 55 seasons.
The awards ceremony, staged at the Headgate Theatre, was MC-ed by John Howden, club member and chairman of the North Thames IAC branch. Among the many guests were the Mayor and Mayoress of Colchester, and club patron David Cleveland.