85-year-old to become professional filmmaker for first time

An 85-year-old man is looking to finally fulfil a career ambition that he has held for decades by starting his own film production company.tv camera in studio

Derek Mander, from the town of Chesham in Buckinghamshire, used to earn his living by commissioning and repairing commercial microwaves, but having to undergo triple heart bypass surgery after suffering from angina forced him to retire from the profession.

Now, the pensioner has pledged to put his newfound abundance of spare time to good use, enrolling on an educational course at the world famous Ealing Studios and setting up the Chiltern Documentary and Film Unit (CDFU).

Explaining that his desire to make documentaries which put something ‘back into society’ has been with him for around 30 years, Mander has also said that he is looking forward to the prospect of returning to study.

With Derek hoping that Channel 4 will agree to air some of his planned future work, including a programme on the staff and patients at Hammersmith Hospital’s heart unit, many of whom are dependant on mobility aids like stairlifts after treatment, it is clear that he is not daunted by his task and shows no sign of slowing down as he grows older.

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