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Donald John Salter, boom operator, RIP

John Salter, sound technician, died on 1 April 2017

22 April 2017

Former boom operator, Donald John Salter, better known as John Salter, has died; he passed away on Saturday 1 April after a brief stay in Kingston Hospital.

John’s funeral will take place on Tuesday 2 May at Holy Trinity Church, Claygate at 2.30pm. John’s family would prefer family flowers only but would welcome donations in John's memory to DEBRA*, a charity that he supported regularly. 

A hugely experienced technician, John Salter worked with several giants of film including directors Otto Preminger, Stanley Kubrick, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Steven Speilberg and Nicholas Roeg.

After living in Claygate for many years, John was a well-known character around the village, as he took his daily walks and visits to the local public houses.

"Considering his long and remarkably successful career in the film industry, he seems to have been surprisingly camera shy. But it is hoped that the picture posted here may identify him to the many people who undoubtedly knew John, without necessarily knowing his full name," said family friend and industry colleague Mick Thomas.  

Career highlights

Following in his father William's footsteps John started as a (uncredited) boom operator on several British feature films in the 1950s.

During his amazing career he worked with such directors as Otto Preminger (Bunny Lake is Missing 1965), Stanley Kubrick (Barry Lyndon 1975), Rainer Werner Fassbinder (The Marriage of Eva Braun 1979), Steven Spielberg (John was a member of the Oscar-winning sound crew on Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981) and Nicolas Roeg (The Witches 1990).

BECTU sends its condolences to John Salter's family and friends. 

*DEBRA is the national charity that supports individuals and families affected by Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). DEBRA is registered as a Charity in England and Wales (1084958) and Scotland (SC039654).

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