The Roebuck Cup

Charles Roebuck

As a teenager Charles Roebuck found work with Alexander Korda’s film unit and worked as one of the camera assistants on Sanders of the River (1935). He even managed to date the rising young star Merle Oberon. His family, however, put pressure on him to take a safer career path. He became a Chartered Surveyor and channelled his love of cinema into work for the film society movement.

First in the Western and then the Welsh Group of the Federation he encouraged societies, organised events and kept the group running. With various helpers – notably his wife, Nancy, and Harry Carter – he ran weekend events in all parts of Wales. He also worked for the Federation’s governing body, travelling to meetings all over Britain. For many years he was national treasurer and even attended weekday evening sub-committee meetings in London, travelling to and from his home in South Wales.

Previous Winners 

  • 1979 W.R. (Ronald) Shields
  • 1980 Heini Przibram
  • 1981 Alan Howden
  • 1982 Roger Townsend
  • 1983 David & Joan Mills
  • 1984 Tom Ainsworth
  • 1985 Edith Cobbett
  • 1986 Sid Brooks
  • 1987 Mike Wessen
  • 1988 W.R. (Ronald) Shields
  • 1989 Brian Clay
  • 1990 Harry Carter
  • 1991 John Donachy
  • 1992 John Halas
  • 1993 Ray Carter
  • 1994 Dilwyn Davies
  • 1995 John Robson
  • 1996 Anthony (Tony) Davison
  • 1997 Paul Schilling
  • 1998 Ian Kerr
  • 1999 Peter Matthews
  • 2000 Roger Townsend
  • 2001 Alan Payne
  • 2002 Phill Walkley
  • 2003 Bob Henderson
  • 2004 Peter Cargin
  • 2005 Dave Watterson
  • 2006 John Chittock
  • 2007 Leslie Hardcastle
  • 2008 Tom Brownlie 
  • 2009 Ros Hill
  • 2010 Jim Dempster
  • 2011 John Salisbury
  • 2012 Jacqueline Chell
  • 2013 Neil Chue Hong
  • 2014 Hans and Barbara Hoffbauer
  • 2015 Richard Clesham
  • 2016 Marjorie Ainsworth
  • 2017 David Saitch