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Gandolfi – Northern Eye Fundraiser

Posted on May 17, 2019 by in Events

Thursday 18th July -  7:30pm


Gandolfi – Family Business


Thursday 18th July 2019

Theatr Colwyn, Abergele Road, Colwyn Bay. Tel:01492 556677

Doors - 19:00   /   Screening - 19:30


Tickets via donations towards The Northern Eye Photography Festival - see below:



Oriel Colwyn is pleased to be collaborating with The Royal Photographic Society (RPS), Cambrian Photography and Theatr Colwyn to enable the showing of this unique film on the cinema screen.

When, in 1982, Fred Gandolfi decided to close the family business, photographer Ken Griffiths thought the Peckham workshop and its unique contents should be recorded for posterity. Joined by brother David and supported by a passionate team of film makers and photographers, they crafted a nostalgic feature film of startling beauty, recording the passing of the old Victorian industry..

Made over a period of 20 years, Gandolfi - Family Business tells the story of Fred and Arthur Gandolfi as they move from being the world's oldest living camera-makers into a well-earned retirement.

Fred and Arthur Gandolfi lived & worked in their Peckham workshops from Edwardian times into the approaching digital age, and were by the 1980’s regarded alongside Fred Dibner as representations of living industrial archaeology. The Griffiths film lovingly captures the beauty of their craft, the legacy of their family, and the last years of their remarkable lives.

Since its eventual premiere in 2004, when it won the Sheffield International Documentary competition the film has had only a select few screenings.

Gandolfi-Family Business;(2003) Dir. Ken Griffiths; Dur: 97 minutes; orig.16mm film.


Tickets: via donations towards The Northern Eye Photography Festival, which returns to Colwyn Bay 7th - 20th October 2019 (


- Donate what you can afford - please choose the appropriate option

(to help make the viewing as inclusive as possible - please contact if you would like a free ticket)


Book tickets via the Theatr Colwyn website:  HERE