Here’s a great new short documentary from Jamie Benning — he looks behind the scenes at Raiders of the Lost Ark and The Empire Strikes Back with Robert Watts, I’ll let him explain….
Back in early July 2018 my friend (and talented cameraman) Patrick Tyndall and I drove into the English countryside to visit a gorgeous, secluded cottage to meet a film legend. Slap bang in the middle of the hottest and longest summer I can remember in the UK (not that I travel abroad extensively from March to November each year, so I often miss the sun here!), we entered the charming property to find our interviewee sat in a comfy chair in his conservatory, a few little dogs scampering around at his feet.
Robert Watts, a 60 year veteran of the film industry had agreed to give us an hour of his time to chat about his lengthy career. I’ve grown up watching Robert in a number of documentaries from the original 1980 making of Raiders to the brilliant Kevin Burns Star Wars documentary of 2004 Empire of Dreams. Robert always came across as a fun interviewee in those docos. And I can now tell you, from the horses mouth that this is indeed true.
Paddy and I had a blast chatting to Robert. In fact our only regret was not being able to have longer with him.
Anyway, I’ll let the Robert (via the video) do the talking…