Leo puts vin­tage touch on films

Alpine Observer - - News -

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.

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