About Belsize Park

Located in the London Borough of Camden, Belsize Park is to the south of Hampstead and north of St John’s Wood, Primrose Hill and Chalk Farm. The name derives from the Belsize House estate that dates back to the 16th century.

An association of local Belsize residents was set up 40 years ago to actively preserve and enhance the character of the Belsize area. Residents are welcome to join the Belsize Residents Association.

Since its foundation in 1897, The Heath & Hampstead Society has fought to safeguard the Heath. he Society has nearly 2000 members from all walks of life. It makes no profits and depends entirely on volunteers.

Director of The Belsize Story
David S Percy ARPS, FRSA

A long-time resident of Belsize Park, David Percy is an award winning filmmaker and although semi-retired, still very much involved in the film business. His current film project is a feature-length documentary on the history and development of Belsize Park. Percy, who has directed and photographed the movie, was previously commissioned to photograph Hampstead Garden Suburb, a documentary for European Architectural Heritage Year detailing the suburb's architecture and history, narrated by Donald Sinden.

An Associate of the Royal Photographic Society, David S Percy was nominated Film Cameraman of the Year at BISFA (forerunner of the IVCA).

Recent work
David Percy completed Volume 2 of his documentary films The Belsize Story in November 2013. That same month he supplied film sequences of Kohima, Nagaland to the BBC for Remembrance Week Episode 3, Series 4.

A recent film project photographed and directed by David Percy is KOHIMA: An Exploration of War, Memory and Gratitude (2013) Official Selection 8th Monaco Charity Film Festival 2013.

Percy has produced courses on Mind Mapping® and how to use our brains more effectively featuring internationally-acclaimed brain expert Tony Buzan. The BBC commissioned his training course Mindpower for Business. He has also produced a popular Mind Mapping® course for students: Get Ahead and Ace your Exams.

He photographed one of the first British 35mm anamorphic widescreen short films with Dolby® Stereo sound, and his first theatrical movie The Anna Contract ran continuously in London's West End for three months in the 1970s. His theatrical credits also include Knights Electric and Discomania (1980). Percy created the missile tracking Visual Effects sequences for Ira Curtis-Coleman (the video supervisor) in the John Landis film Spies Like Us (1985).

Several of his protégés have become very successful in the feature film industry, especially Lighting Cameraman John Gibson and Director of Photography Brandon Apps. (The Australian Cinematographers Society honoured Brandon Apps at its Annual Awards in 2004.)

A trailblazer in Videowall design in the 1980s, Percy and his team produced one of the first fully interactive multimedia resources. He has directed numerous films and video productions for corporate clients – ranging from the UK Ministry of Defence, to automobile manufacturers in Europe including Toyota and General Motors. Percy's broadcast TV cinematography credits include The Ravenswood Experience and The Blue Hai (both ITV).

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