Hurdy Gurdy Man is a portrait of the life and work of Pat Herbert. Pat is a lifelong collector of vintage radios and gramophones, and over the past 60 years, he has amased a wonderful collection of everything from the earliest morse code inkers, to gramophones and radios which pre date both world wars. In 2003, Pat decided to display his collection to the public and established the Ye Olde Hurdy Gurdy Museum of Vintage Radio, which resides in the Martello Tower overlooking Howth Harbour, in County Dublin.
In early 2013, I approached Pat with the idea of making this short profile and he gladly agreed. In the film, Pat talks about his life, where his obsession with radio began, and what keeps him driven and passionate about all things radio and gramophone related. He ponders on the past and also tells us of his hopes for the future of his collection, and the museum itself. I have tried to capture some of his true essence in this 10 minute portrait.
Shot on the Canon 5D MKII
Lenses: Canon 24-105 f4
Canon 50mm Prime f1.8 L
Canon 100 mm Macro f 2.8 L
Edited in FCP 7
Sound and Camera Assistant - Mark Birney
Poster Design - Natashe Efole
Directed filmed and edited - Stuart Duff
Special thanks goes to:
and all the musicians and bands who kindly gave me permission to use their music.