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Thomas Hauerslev Receives BKSTS Award
Honorary Membership of the BKSTS for the work in
preserving the history of 70mm and for keeping it alive in arranging
screenings. The award was presented at the 2009 Cinema Technology Christmas
Party on 14th December 2009 at the Odeon Leicester Square in London.
Hanson, BKSTS CTC Chairman & Cinema Engineer, the editor and Sir Sydney Samuelson, OBE outside the Odeon
Leicester Sq, London. Image by David Hilton
It has been said that Thomas did more for the art of projection when he
stopped being one. After a childhood love for the cinema his dreams came
true when he became an apprentice in April 1982 at the
3 Falke Bio. By
December, the cinema had closed. His next cinema was the
Thomas didn’t stay long and the cinema managed to survive another 5
years before being
However, the cinema industry hadn’t learned its lesson and Thomas was
able to get work at 3 other cinemas, pursuing his hope of projecting
70mm. Eventually he landed at the
Imperial Bio where, not only did he
fulfil this ambition, but he also met his future wife Charlotte in box
office. Charlotte is a lady of immense patience and understanding but
surely didn’t recognise how these talents would be tested in years to
By now, Thomas decided it was time to pursue a new career, one more suited
to family life and joined the Danish Railways – and yes the trains do run on
time, even today. But the love of cinema is at his very core, his heart and
soul. Even his mobile number ends in 70. So when the offer came to edit the
International 70mm Newsletter, he grabbed it. He started to build a global
network of fellow enthusiasts for the work in widescreen cinema and met many
of the great founders and developers of
Todd-AO and an increasing
number of old and new widescreen formats.
Part of that network soon reached Bradford and the National Museum of
Photography Film & Television, where Thomas soon became a key correspondent
for the developing Widescreen Weekend. Soon he was a part of the weekend,
programming, finding prints, introducing shows and networking on behalf of
his new toy. It soon spread and new 70mm festivals started to appear across
the globe and Thomas was there, feeding them and helping them grow.
-, og så er det kommet mig for øre, at du er blevet "Honorary Membership" af
BKSTS! Stort tillykke Thomas! Det har du virkeligt fortjent!!! Det er
utroligt flot det du har udrettet!
Hauerslev and Sir Sydney Samuelson. Image by Paul Rayton
Thomas realised that more could be done in through the web and 10
years ago set out to develop the definitive source of widescreen
information. Today in70mm.com is immense and ever expanding. It’s
information base is unparalleled but if that is all it was, it would be
useful but dull. What is irreplaceable is the first hand testimony of
many of the hidden stars of cinema – technicians, inventors , developers
and his first love, projectionists. Much of this has been gathered by
Thomas on his world travels, and more by his friends and colleagues who
lovingly contribute to his masterwork.
Med fare for at levere ros eller smigr, som ifølge Mikael Bertelsen per
definition først kommer når man ikke længere har brug for den, vil jeg ønske
dig tillykke med BKSTS prisen, som undertegnede altså først nu erfarer, er
kommet dig i hænde december 2009.
Du er virkelig et eksempel par excellence på ægte, varm entusiasme! Mon
nogen har fortjent prisen som dig, eller, spørger jeg oprigtigt mig selv,
mon nogen klæder prisen bedre end dig!
doing a very unrehearsed speech. Image by Jim Slater, Cinema Technology
It is easy to forget that this is unpaid, un-financed and English is
not his first language - it is all the more remarkable for that. It has to
be said Thomas also has grand delusions. Recently he has taken to
proclaiming himself the “Mother Teresa of 70mm”. Some have seen him as the
James Bond of 70mm, others, less kindly the Austin Powers. What cannot be
denied, is that Thomas has a passion for widescreen cinema and technical
excellence and has created an international network and resource that
celebrates those people and their skills and inventions that have given so
much pleasure to the world.
Ladies and Gentlemen, it is an honour, privilege and pleasure to be able to
say that this year Thomas Hauerslev is made an Honorary Member of the BKSTS.
Congratulations on your well deserved BKSTS award.
I continue to be impressed by the dedication you have to the continuing
wellbeing of 70mm. I would like you to have met my colleague and friend, the
late Robert Gottschalk, founder and driving force of Panavision. He was of
the unshakeable opinion that picture quality, real picture QUALITY, depended
on a big piece of negative, the bigger the better.
All good wishes, Sydney
now...in UltraVision70, Paul Rayton managed to make a "video
verité" of the speeches - Dogma95 Style
Many congratulations for your honorary membership at the BKSTS. What a
surprise - I was happy too.
I just wanted to congratulate you on receiving the BKSTS award this month.
It is thoroughly deserved and merits all the hard work you have done to
promote wide gauge cinema. I am sure you must feel very proud to have
received this and I am sure it will take pride of place in your house.
Hanson is reading and audience is listening carefully
The BKSTS (British Kinematograph Sound & Television Society) was founded in
London, England in 1931 to serve the growing film industry. As well as
meetings, presentations, seminars, international exhibitions and
conferences, BKSTS also organizes an extensive programme of training
courses, lectures, workshops and special events.
Congratulations on being honored by the BKSTS, (I pronounce it like
'biscuits'). That's a pretty nice thing.