His daughter Sam said, “He loved what he did and we are so grateful that he kept at it until the end.”
Geoff Wonfor, Grammy-winning British filmmaker who directed beatles anthology documentary series, has died at the age of 73.
His death was confirmed on Tuesday (22 November) by his daughter Sam, who said he died in Newcastle, where he grew up [via Billboard], No cause of death has been given.
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“We are devastated by the loss of our father and grandparents and find it impossible to imagine a world without them,” he said in a statement. [via BBC] “He was a loner—a big presence with a heart to match.
“His warmth, humour, and encyclopedic ability to remember jokes of all qualities ensured that those who met him rarely forgot him – and this is borne out by the wave of wonderful messages and tributes we have received since his passing.” Has happened.
“He loved what he did and we are so grateful he kept at it until the end.”
The Beatles could have chosen any director in the world to tell their story, and they went with this straightforward Geordie, mostly known for being a cult British TV music show. He had a knack for finding the right people.
Geoff Wonfor RIP. https://t.co/hdVDj7Cqsn
— Geoff Lloyd (@GeoffLloyd) November 22, 2022
Wonfour was five years in the making beatles anthology, which included an eight-part documentary, three double albums and a coffee table book. It was finally completed in 1997. The film combined archive footage with new interviews from Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison, who died in 2001. It also includes commentary from John Lennon, who was murdered in 1980. Best long form music video.
He also directed the videos for McCartney’s songs ‘In the World Tonight’ and ‘Young Boy’ and worked on 1980s pop shows tube, In addition, Vonfor was in the director’s chair for band aid 20, A documentary about the 1984 Christmas classic ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas’ was re-recorded for its 20th anniversary.
Many celebrities have paid tribute to Wonfor, including Denis Welch, who described him as a “wonderful father, grandfather and friend” and a “North East Titan”. Elsewhere, Tim Healy said he was “a pleasure to be with”, while his close friend and musician Ray Laidlaw described him as a “man of the people” and an “incredible talent”.
— Denise Welch (@RealDeniseWelch) November 22, 2022
RIP Geoff my dear friend. Love you always, you were a genius director, soul mate and a pleasure to be with. I will treasure my Sunday to visit Sammy all day Sending my love to the whole family, Tim ❤️❤️❤️
— Tim Healy (@TheRealTimHealy) November 22, 2022
RIP Geoff Wonfor, our dear colleague and friend. A Tyneside visionary who changed music TV forever, and delivered much of Sundays for the Sammy family for decades. Love to all who knew him. Thanks, Geoff X pic.twitter.com/zmY0esnrA8
— Sunday for Sammy (@sundayforsammy) November 22, 2022
He is survived by daughters Abi and Sam and grandchildren Amy, Amba, Amaya, Fred and Georgie.
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