Published on April 02, 2016 by Made Better Media

‘Speedy George’ Douglas

Speedy George

We worked with Spike Geilinger again on this BBC Arts film about ‘Speedy George’ Douglas, a photographer forgotten by history but who in his day photographed stars such as Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant and Vivien Leigh.

George was born in Rottingdean, not far from where our studios are today, but eventually moved to the US and became a celebrity photographer in Los Angeles. Returning to England in the 1950s, he embarked on a four-decade career with a diverse range of subjects, from the Queen’s rat catcher to Britain’s first female chimney sweep.

We enjoy working in documentary, and were pleased to edit this charming film. It is packed with Brighton characters as well as memories of international personalities. We particularly liked the easy intimacy of the stills of Hepburn in her Broadway dressing room.

‘Speedy George’ got his name from his manic approach to work, capturing and delivering content in double-quick time. It really resonates with us, working as we do in Social Media in 2016!