Leo puts vintage touch on films
By LEAH ANDERSONBYRNE
LEO Notarianni has a love of vintage.
He has loved vintage vehicles and memorabilia since he was a child, with his older brother bringing home old car magazines for him to read and some of his few toys being matchbox cars.
“I can remember driving to my grandparents’ house and my brother naming the models of cars driving by, which further sparked my interest in vehicles,” Leo said.
“My parents had a big projector which we’d use to look at old cars from the 50s and 60s and cars they used to own, which were now past their time.
“Those reels also help me do what I do now, which is source and coordinate vintage cars for short films.”
Leo’s parents were Giuseppe and Maria Notarianni. Both were born in Calabria and when they came to Myrtleford they eventually established a tobacco farm in Clemens Lane in the 1960s.
Leo is currently working on a short film and has done many projects in the past which involve vintage items.
“I collect vintage memorabilia and have done several displays at some shows a decade ago which led to working at festivals such as the La Fiera Festival and Myrtleford Festival, I’ve also had my memorabilia featured in textbooks and films, I’ve worked as a photographer’s assistant with vintage cars, contributed to an online magazine and eventually I worked with films.
“Because I’m involved in car clubs on Facebook, someone was wanting a car for a film and I had that exact car so I suggested I could be the vintage car coordinator for the film as I know the exact details to make each car authentic and study the demographics of the area being filmed so I would get the right cars for that time period and area.”
Leo currently owns a Ford Falcon XP, Ford Customline 1957 and 1977 Ford LTD and has two other films in the works.
Some of Leo’s past achievements include winning best original unrestored car with his 1977 Ford LTD, some of his displays at the Wangaratta Jazz Festival, and being the motoring judge at an annual muscle and classic car show in Melbourne for two years.