A SHORT film dedicated to the life of a Solihull film maker has been released.
Keith Hale Goodbye and Farewell pays tribute to the editor and technical support of the Timeslip9 YouTube channel, Keith Hale.
The film was created by Keith’s friends Gary Lewis and Lucy Holland following Keith’s death last June.
It documents Keith’s life in Solihull and revolves around time-travel switching from modern day Soilhull and Knowle back in time to the dark days of the Second World War and the summer of 1940.
It looks back to November 1940 when Solihull High Street was hit by a German bomber on their way to Coventry.
Gary said: “Producing this particular ‘tribute’ video was to say the least ‘challenging’, as we had virtually nothing to work with, only a handful of photographs and no video footage of Keith so l have to say a big thank you to Lucy Holland for once again doing a truly superb job on the editing side of things to make this visually happen.
“Keith very much preferred to be behind the scenes and sat in front of his computer helping to make me appear to be far more competent on screen than l actually am.
“I eventually developed a storyline that gives visual hints to some of Keith’s favourite TV shows, films and interests (he was a big Aston Villa fan too) and liked his ‘Heavy Metal’ music, also the likes of David Bowie and Rick Wakeman, so during the video do see how many discreetly hidden hints you can spot and hear.
“As surreal as it was to make this video l really hope you enjoy watching it and thank you to all those who have been watching over the past 15 years its been very much appreciated.
“I would like to think that the film shows that people are valued and appreciated when they are with us and will always be remembered and never forgotten when sadly they no longer are.”
The YouTube channel TIMESLIP9 (named after the 1970’s BBC TV children’s programme ‘TIMESLIP’) was created by Keith back in 2008 as a way of posting the first of 88 videos produced in that time with Keith being both editor and in more recent times the channel’s technical support.
The subject matter of the videos has varied greatly, from Gary’s days as a big band vocalist, classic car restoration, local history to a video about Gary’s pet dog Bertie the Westie.
Gary said the tribute is the 89th and final Timeslip9 video.
He added: “The final video is my own personal tribute to the man himself, not only my best friend and work colleague for over 30 years Keith was also without doubt the kindest most unselfish, honest person l have ever met.
“He was like a brother to me and l will always be forever grateful for his help and support over the years and the loyal friendship that never faltered or wavered right up until the end, believe me in life and outside family you seldom meet his sort….l will miss him greatly.”