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David Rolfe graduated, with honours, from the London Film School in 1971 and began a career making sponsored documentaries for industry around the world and the Middle East in particular. Alongside these he made trailers and specialised sequences for major distributors. These included Paramount Pictures for whom he made the opening title sequence for The Great Gatsby.

In 1978, he won a BAFTA for the film
The Silent Witness based on new research into the Shroud of Turin which revealed remarkable and persuasive evidence for its authenticity. In 1982 the success of that film led to him being selected to produce and direct Channel 4’s first foray into religion with a three part series entitled “Jesus - The Evidence”. It was the first religious programme broadcast in the UK made outside of the auspices of Church advisors and Rolfe was given an unprecedented budget and a team that included the world’s most eminent New Testament scholars. This religious theme continued with producing and directing ITV’s religious strand of the ‘80s - Credo - which tackled subjects as Animal Rights, Terrorism and Multi-Faith Britain and Christian Salvation.

In 1987 he directed another award-winning documentary, produced by Harry Dean, on the depletion of the ozone layer by CFCs. This film contributed to their eventual ban in 1996. In 1988, Rolfe directed an LWT Special, presented by Michael Maclay, which predicted the imminent collapse of communism a year before the fall of the Berlin Wall and another in the same strand, produced by Glenwyn Benson, on the emerging evidence of a permanent “Underclass” in the UK.

More lyrical programmes followed, with Mike Birkhead, as an independent in the 90’s with the landmark crossover series “
Postcards from the Country” for BBC’s Natural History Department.

(For a full list of credits see his British Film Institute

In corporate production, in the early 90’s, with business partner, Paul Kent, Rolfe made the film which introduced the UK commercial world to a more coaching style of management -
Coaching for Performance. Both then became joint founders of Performance Consultants which went on to spread this new way of management across the country.

In 2001, after divesting himself of his production company, Rolfe indulged his secondary passion for boating by inventing and patenting a new class of boat with an integral road trailer. It was voted Boat of the Year at the London Boat Show and went into production in the UK and Australia where it is known as Ezyboat.

In 2009 he returned to his early interest in the Shroud of Turin and made
Material Evidence for the BBC, presented by Rageh Omaar, and then, in 2010, the official film - “Shroud - Passio Christi Passio Hominis" used by the Archdiocese of Turin for the last two expositions.

He now assists clients with their memoirs through as well as doing whatever he can to revive interest in his abiding passion, the Shroud of Turin.

He is married to Paula Franklin and lives in Beaconsfield, Bucks.

Office, ℅ Town Hall, Penn Road, Beaconsfield, Bucks., HP9 2PP.

Next arranged talk on 27th. June is at the University of the Third Age in Malling, Kent. It is currently full. Additional space may be arranged. Contact the organisers for further information.

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Performance Films, Town Hall, Penn Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, UK. HP9 2PP. Tel: 44(0)1494 670241