David A. Goldsmith
David A. Goldsmith lives and works in the UK and Italy. His career in television spans the vast technological changes: from film to videotape; from black & white to colour; from terrestrial to satellite; from the UK’s three national networks to the plethora of channels today; from analogue to digital; from 405 lines to High Definition. He moved through the ranks: from a Programme Assistant in educational television to a presenter of Ready Steady Go!; from film Location Manager at the newly formed Yorkshire TV to Programme Director; from drama to current affairs; from making documentaries in ITV to directing at ITN where he won a BAFTA award covering the 1980 Iranian Embassy Siege.
Other experiences include: teaching at the then London College of Printing, TV production for the Metropolitan Police, directing the pan-European satellite experiment, setting up the BBC’s school of TV Journalism in Bucharest, starting the RGB news production Partnership, and as a Vice President at ScanSat Broadcasting launching its news department.
His documentaries mainly in the field of human rights range: from the 1964 civil rights campaign in Mississippi to Amnesty International’s concern about the state of human rights in Mexico; from following the Six-Day War in Jerusalem to the role of policewomen under the Equal Opportunities Act; from World War I Old Contemptibles in Flanders to Hells Angels in Great Britain. His enthusiasm for the documentary led to his book The Documentary Makers published by RotoVision. Since 2006 he has been developing a film project to be shot in Venezuela.