A CAMERAMAN from Alderholt is celebrating after winning international recognition for his latest film.
Ashley Rowe, 54, from Cripplestyle, was nominated for outstanding achievement in cinematography in television movie/mini-series at the 28th Annual American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Awards in Los Angeles, for the first episode of his series Dancing on the Edge.
He is also up for a Bafta for that episode, and recently won a Lighting Design award for his work on the television drama ‘Dancing on The Edge’ at the recent Knights of Illumination Awards ceremony in London.
For Mr Rowe, who is the son of retired clown Sammy Sunshine, from Godshill, it is not the first time he has won plaudits for his work, having scooped Baftas and international film awards before in his career.
His best known works include Calendar Girls, Alfie, Ali G in Da House and he is currently working on Doctor Who.
The father of two - William, 18, who is at Westminster University and Tom, 22, who is following in his father’s footsteps as a freelance cameraman - was also director of photography on Merlin and the last 12 episodes of Atlantis, among many other high-profile productions.
His father, whose own biography has just been put on display at the V&A in London, couldn’t be prouder.
He said: “He came back from the states two weeks ago after the awards event and is currently working on Doctor Who for the BBC.
“The boy’s doing well.”
Mr Rowe grew up in the area and attended schools in Ringwood before going on to study at Brockenhurst College. His first job was teaching media at Southampton University, after which he got a job with BBC Wales as an assistant cameraman, moving up to cameraman before being offered work in the movies and going freelance.