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Bob Allen


Starting with the National Film Unit in 1943, Bob Allen’s career as a motion picture sound recordist covered six decades. Based in the UK from 1953, he worked with well-known directors including Fred Zinnemann (Allen's work on The Day of the Jackal was BAFTA-nominated). He returned to his homeland to share his knowledge and experience as New Zealand feature filmmaking blossomed; and later to retire.

I am fortunate enough to have had the privilege and pleasure of working for Mr Zinnemann and consider The Day of the Jackal the high spot of my career. Bob Allen in ‘Fred Zinnemann 1907-1997’ – The Newsletter of the Association of Motion Picture Sound, 1997