He photographed The Beatles and filmed NASA astronauts – and you can meet him in York

Paul Berriff filming astronauts in 1994
25 Jun 2019 @ 11.39 am
| Entertainment

He’s photographed and filmed everyone from The Beatles to James Bond to NASA astronauts.

And you can hear all about Paul Berriff’s fascinating life at a York charity fundraiser in September.

In an event in aid of St Leonard’s Hospice in York, Paul will be speaking about his life and career as a photographer and filmmaker, in a career spanning 50 years from the 1960s to the present day.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Paul will speak about his early influences as a 1950s paper boy, his time as a young press photographer for the Yorkshire Evening Post, and onto his days with the BBC and as an independent film maker.

During this time Paul met and photographed many young bands and artists who later became household names such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix and Sandie Shaw.

He covered The Troubles in Northern Ireland, worked on the James Bond ‘Live and Let Die’ film set and filmed with Prince Charles for a year.

Survived the Twin Towers collapse

Paul Berriff at Ground Zero in New York after the World Trade Center collapse

He is the only director/ producer to have been given permission to follow the lives of NASA shuttle astronauts and their families as they prepared for launch.

Paul has experienced his fair share of danger, surviving four near-death experiences – leaping from a sinking ship in the North Sea, being blown from the top of an exploding volcano in Nicaragua, walking away from a major helicopter crash in the Scottish Cairngorms, and miraculously surviving (along with his film camera) the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Annie Keogh, corporate and community fundraiser at St Leonard’s Hospice says:

  • We can’t wait to hear Paul speak about his incredible professional life. He’s truly fantastic at what he does and has had some fascinating experiences.

    It’s going to be a great event in a wonderful venue – and all proceeds will go towards supporting patient care at St Leonard’s!

Paul’s talk will be accompanied by photographs and film footage of the events he’s captured. Tickets are £20 including a welcome drink and canapes. Proceeds in aid of St Leonard’s!