The Reunion

REUNION 2013 CLAPPER Doesn’t time fly!  It’s already 4 years since the original reunion.  We are planning to get together again towards the end of this year and will post details on the site in due course.  In the meantime, if you were there, or even if you weren’t, do click on the video below to remind yourselves where you were in July 2009. 

2009 Reunion Gallery

The 2009 Reunion Guest Book
Samuelson Film Service Reunion 2

SHIRLEY LAVIS
Someone has to be first!
What a fabulous company to work for –never knew you could have so much fun and learn so much. Best days of my working career.
Just think how shy I was when I joined!

MIKE DONOVAN
Wonderful to see faces from those great days – truly.
Only sorry a few more had not made it, for the obvious reason of the grim reaper. Sammies were the best days of my working life.
You just do not have that kind of company any longer.
Good days absolutely no doubt.

DINESH PATEL
That was very good time of my working life.

JOHNNY & ANDREA GOODMAN
If there were nicer people in the movie industry I never met them!!
Thank you Sydney, and Michael wherever you are, for your friendship and loyalty.
God bless and Shalom!

HILARY SCHNEIDERS
Well done Debbie for carrying on from a conversation to a wonderful afternoon.

So great to meet up with old colleagues and to chat about old times. It was a privilege to have been part of the Samuelson ‘family’.

GREGORY BRUCE
Very good times.

JILLY TICEHURST
Fantastic and well organised day –
Great memories and surprises –
Amazing to see so many old friends and colleagues in one place.
Samuelsons a great place to work at.
Thank you.

BRIAN KING
Congratulations to a wonderful Reunion.
It all started for me when I took Sydney home in a taxi and he asked me to come and see Mr Michael. Great start to my intro into film and is still going strong.

ROD MARLEY
A wonderful grounding for my freelance career.
Met a great group of future technicians who are still carving out their careers – as am I as a focus-puller!

EDDIE DIAS
Still touting lights; Great deal call 020 8233 7202
Production village ~ Bray Studios ~ Sammies Lighting, Michael Samuelson Lighting ~ VFG Lighting ~AFM Lighting ~ NOW PANALUX
See you in 20 years for next chapter.

HELEN SEXTON
What a great group of companies to have my first taste of working life.  Fun times!
Thanks for organising a great reunion.

ALAN HUDSON
After arriving from the North East what a great company to start working for and I enjoyed every minute of it.
Thanks to all the team for the reunion

YVONNE LOCKE
Michael Samuelson interviewed an ex-veterinary nurse and decided Samfreight was just the job! Mr Sydney remarked if I was used to dealing with animals – the film industry would not prove a problem!

PETER DESBOIS
I thought the Sound Department colleagues were all dead!
What a superb surprise.

BRIAN ROSE
There have been three highlights in my working life:

1. Taking the Sammies Museum to Rio de Janeiro

2. Directing a Variety Club film

3. Working on the “Hands on Manual’

All for the Samuelson Brothers – what an amazing company!

NEVILLE STEWART
To all the staff:  I wish you all the best.  Great to see you all looking so well, especially to my boss Derek Lee and Steve Campbell.
All the best, Neville

DAVID HAWES
A wonderful day, and opportunity to meet so many friends and colleagues of days gone by. So many stories have been exchanged.  It has been a great pleasure.

DORIS & SYDNEY SAMUELSON
What a brilliant experience!  Sydney A lovely reunion party after all these years.  Doris.

ANNA GREGORY
A BIG thanks to all the Reunion Committee.
Fantastic to see all again. ..
Here’s to the next one….

SHARON GOLD
Thanks you !!!!
Wonderful to see all the faces of yesteryear…
Still Bookending!!
Again ta very much!!

TONY CARRICK
SAMCOM & VARI*LITE

Some of the most fun and most interesting work I have ever experienced.
Great group of people.  Good to meet up with folk again
Thanks for organising this Charlie B.

JOHN RENDALL
Glad not to have missed it!
Fantastic get together – nearly got all the names right.
Here’s to the next….

FRANCES PHILIP
A MEWS ‘old’ Secretary
Great day, great idea. Good to see all the old faces.

ABBIE EWEN
Had a great day meeting friends.

HASU GADHIA
I have been with film industry for 37 years.  It has been great.

ROSE THAKKAR
Thanks for today Debbie.
It was great meeting everyone today

TRACY RUSSELL
Thanks for the memories, it’s been a fabulous day.

NIKKI JOHNSON
Out of my 25 years of working life, so far my fondest memories are those spent with Samuelsons.  Thank you for those times and thank you for bringing back those memories today, a wonderful afternoon.

MICK JOINER
Lots of memories here!

FAY WANCKE
Briefly attached to Samcine Sales
Recruited by Tom Samuels to sell VISIORA by Christian Dio 1985-1987
Happy days flogging makeup to departments up and down the country.

MAURICE PICOT
What happy memories all brought back with a wonderful day.

SCOTT RUSSELL
Thank you Sammys.
The best working days of my life.

PAM HUGHES
Sammy’s – Great company to work for.

JOHN ROSSETTI
What to say?  FANTASTIC!

GREG APPREY
What a blast!
Great to meet up with everyone.

MICHAEL ELPHICK
Today was an inspiration in the tradition of all the Sammys ventures that gave the film and television industry creative tools and thought that endures.  Trust the Samuelson team will have many more opportunities to celebrate with each other.

VENETA DAVIS
Fantastic day seeing all the “old” faces and remembering the good times.

DON BROWN
Best days of my life.
Thanks for everything.

TONY COVELL
What lasts and lasts?
Samuelson’s and all we learnt and enjoyed. It was a pleasure!!

BOB CAMPBELL
Great to see so many friends again.
Thanks for putting this together Debbie.

ANN SHARKEY
Fantastic.  Fantastic.  No words can say what a wonderful get together.

DEREK & FREDA LEE
Very enjoyable afternoon.  Caught up with many friends.

KIT GREVESON
Sydney, Thanks so much for setting this up.  It has been great meeting friends and colleagues again and the atmosphere is as fantastic as ever.  Thanks also for your many introductions over the years which have kept me busy and out of trouble.  It is very much appreciated.  K x

ADAM SAMUELSON
Congratulations to Debbie & Co.
The bros may have started it all but you guys are doing a great job to keep the memories going.
Best wishes, Adam

ANTHONY SAMUELSON
Debs: The thought occurs to me that if you had organised my by-election campaign with the same dedication and belief that you brought to this function, I would now be an MP with lots and lots of expenses!

JANE HILLYER
Thanks Debs, Karl, Shirley, Andrew, Mo, Steve et al – a wonderful idea and a wonderful event – do it again in another 5????

JOHN BONESS
Thank you for a wonderful day.  We hope to do it again.

ANDY & GARY MAKEIN
What a wonderful day, how lovely to see Mr Sydney and family.  Thank you xx

PAUL HUTTON
Great company, great memories, great friends!  Thanks

JEAN PAYNE (Graham)
Cannot express well enough the afternoon we have all shared.  Great memories, wonderful people.  The magic that is Sammys!  My love to the Samuelson Brothers for all their support in the past – I will never forget!
And so many thanks to Debbie for making it all so possible.  X

JOE DUNTON
There will be another Group like this. Thanks to Debbie and Charlie Beddow

GEORGE GIBBS
A Great Day.  George & Olga

POSSIBLE GATECRASHER?
Wonderful Day

RON HONE
I am drank!
With compliments to the film industry.

SUPHALI UNN
Thanks Debs and Crew.  This would not have happened with your effort.
Glad I came to see all the old faces.

TIM CHESTER
I joined Sammies age 17.  My first job.
My time there gave me a great start in life.
Fantastic times, great memories, wonderful friends.  Thank you.

SUE O’REILLY
I joined Sammys TP Video in 87.  It was fantastic working for a close family company.  I met so many great people who I am still in contact with today, both from a work and friendship point of view.  I learned so much at Sammys, my first job in the industry.  I am now in TV, working as an Operations Manager for an International Sports Broadcaster  ??? and Production managing events such as Augusta Masters, Wimbledon Premiership over the years.  Thanks for today!

MARK MOODY
My years at Sammies set me up for a lifetime in the industry.  Thank you.

CHARLES BEDDOW II
Best of times – Happy times
1969 -1973 – SFS
1973 – 1984 Sight & Sound
1984 – 1989 Samcom

BARRY MEASURE
Thanks for all the hard work in arranging the day, especially Debbie.  It’s been well worth it.

DEBBIE ‘the Guvnor’ NYMAN
“PHEW!”

KARL ROBERTS
Well Guv, what a breeze compared to 10,000 in Hyde Park for the Variety Club…
If going forward you have any questions regarding Reunion 2 please do not hesitate to contact me at the earliest opportunity so that I can facilitate your enquiry!

ANDREW HOLLAND
Glad everybody enjoyed it. It was hard work but enjoyable.
Very pleased to have met people I haven’t come across for donkeys years.

BOB EVANS
Brings back memories of past Sammy’s social gatherings.

STEVE CAMPBELL
Great Day Excellent. Let’s do it all again soon!!

EREN IBRAHMIN
Great days. It’s been great to be part of the Group!

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