A personal journey in Myanmar with Griff Rhys Jones by Terry Gordon
One of my first shoots in Myanmar, previously known as Burma (and still called Burma by the BBC today) was the WWII era, personally based, documentary by legend TV personality Griff Rhys Jones. Griff’s production company, Modern Television, contacted me in early 2010, to assist with a shoot throughout Myanmar. The production was a great opportunity for me to get a foothold into Myanmar as a legitimate production support provider. It also solidified a great relationship with my Destination Management Company (DMC) Khiri Travel, who has assisted me with transport, accommodation and back end support on all Myanmar based projects since then.
Griff Rhys Jones filming the documentary ‘Burma, my father and the forgotten army’
Griff Rhys Jones, born 16 November 1953, is a Welsh comedian, writer, actor and television presenter. He starred in a number of television series with his comedy partner Mel Smith. Griff came to UK national attention in the early 1980s for his work in the BBC television comedy sketch shows Not the Nine O’Clock News and Alas Smith and Jones alongside Mel Smith. With Smith, he founded television production company Talkback Productions, now part of RTL Group and later in 2005, he started the production company Modern Television.
Griff went on to develop a career as a television presenter and writer, as well as continuing with acting work. He currently presents the television bloopers show It’ll Be Alright on the Night for ITV, replacing Denis Norden in 2008. He has fronted a number of documentary series for both the BBC and ITV including Mountain in 2007, Greatest Cities of the World between 2008 and 2010 and A Great Welsh Adventure in 2014.
You can find a great review of the documentary here: The Guardian review of Burma, my father and the forgotten army
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The Film Fixer, Terry Gordon (2nd right) in location in Myanmar, filming the documentary ‘Burma, my father and the forgotten army’ – Griff Rhys Jones (3rd Left) and Director Ruairi Fallon (far right)
Born in Sydney, Australia, and growing up in Wellington, New Zealand, Terry learnt how to work with and manage the needs of TV and production crews when he was the public relations coordinator for the Royal Australian Air Force aerobatic team, ‘The Roulettes’. His fourteen years in the Air Force has given him a sound background in people and operations management.
Terry moved to Asia in 2005 and has spent the past 10 years organizing and leading small group journeys through Vietnam, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, China and Japan. When not fixing, Terry takes contract work in remote places – In 2010 Terry spent 6 months in Kabul, Afghanistan as an Operations manager for Supreme Group, and most recently with the Exxon-Mobil LNG project in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea.
Terry is the founder of Asia Film Fixers, a film and tv production support consultancy currently operating in 10 SE Asian countries. Terry has experience managing the needs of small and large unit productions. Terry has worked with Channel Seven Australia’s Sunday Night; Roving Enterprises: Before the game and 7pm Project; Network Ten’s Good morning Australia , Sports Tonight and V8 Supercar productions; Channel Nine’s The AFL Footy Show and Wide World of Sport; The ABC’s ‘Sleek Geeks’ with Adam Spencer and Dr Karl, Cream Productions’ Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan & Modern Television’s (UK) journey to Burma with Griff Rhys Jones; as well as numerous documentary, film, television and sporting personalities – Australian film legend and hollywood star Jack Thompson, Australian Olympic swimmer and TV presenter Nicole Stevenson, Winter Olympic Gold Medalist Alisa Camplin, Formula 1 driver David Coulthard, AFL footballer Jason Akermanis, Supercar racing legends Greg Murphy and Jason Bargwanna, and Australian comedians Col Elliot, the late Lucky Grills, David Hughes and Julian Schiller. Most recently, Terry was the lead fixer for BBC Top Gear Special Myanmar (Burma).
Terry also has extensive experience managing travel and tour operations, specialising in unique and tailor-made itineraries throughout Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.
Terry is currently the Director of Operations for Heritage Line, a boutique cruise company that offers luxury 5 star cruises in Vietnam, Cambodia and Myanmar.