He said what he meant, and he meant what he said.
  • 81 years old
  • Born on March 20, 1931 in Brighton, Sussex, United Kingdom.
  • Passed away on August 15, 2012 in Portishead, North Somerset, United Kingdom.

This memorial website was created in the memory of our dear friend, Jeffery who was born on March 20th 1931 and passed away on August 15th 2012.  We will remember him as the charming eccentric.

"Jeffery Boswall was one of a kind. Underneath an exterior which was occasionally gruff, cranky, and arrogant, beat the heart of a kind, funny, compassionate, and loveable person. He pioneered fresh thinking on the subject of wildlife filmmaking ethics, and was a devoted secular humanist. Jeffery refused to be average in any way. He stood out wherever he went because of his outspokenness, humor, and eccentricities. While occasionally brash and rude, he was also erudite, innovative, generous, and caring. His annual end-of-year letters were famously candid (for example, about how long he was likely to live) and made for delightful reading. I will miss him." Chris Palmer

Professor Chris Palmer

Author of Shooting in the Wild: An Insider's Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom  (Sierra Club Books, 2010)

Distinguished Film Producer in Residence

Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking

School of Communication, American University

A private funeral for family and invited guests was held on 24th August 2012.

A memorial service was held at Ashton Court Mansion, Bristol on Friday 19th October 2012



Posted by Eric Robson on 20th March 2013
Many of us owe a debt of gratitude to Jeffery in many ways. I admired him for his courage and directness. Many people are happy to show a kind face and pleasant smile in your presence, but something else when your back is turned. Jeffery was wysiwyg and I will always respect him for that. Even if you hoped not to find yourself in a Christian heaven Jeffery, Rest in Peace.
Posted by Jerry Short on 23rd October 2012
It wasn't until I went to Missoula Film Festival in '98 that I spent a great deal of time talking with Jeffrey. He was very much a larger than life character and was always trying to help students into the industry. It was my first visit to the States and he excelled at introducing me to everyone he thought I should know. He loved sharing his wisdom and once met was never forgotten.
Posted by Sophie Delsaut on 4th September 2012
I had the great chance to be Jeffery's helper when he came to our Festival in 1995. I'll always remember when I occasionnally tried to wake him up during screenings. "Never mind, if I sleep, the film's not worth an Award", he'd say. I'll miss his long, funny yearly letters giving news from him and the whole family (including pets). All our condolences, on behalf of Bird & Nature Festival.
Posted by Amanda Theunissen on 21st August 2012
Jeffrey was a man who demanded the highest standards of himself - and everyone involved with him at every level. Many years ago he and I did a show on Radio Bristol together and it was such fun - he could argue learnedly in and out of every subject. And he laughed at my jokes, which is always good! I shall miss him and his highly individual generosity very much indeed.

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