It’s all too rare when working relationships become genuine, close friendships, but Maurie Dowd’s warmth and natural rapport with people made the crossover hard to avoid.
When Maurie was at Clemenger BBDO, he enjoyed regular Friday lunches with HBT’s directors and co-founders, Michael Berry and David Hayes.
By the time he left Clemenger and started directing TVCs, the trio were collaborating regularly.
Shooting a campaign for Herron, Maurie organised a crew in Queensland to film at the company’s factory, from sunrise to sunset.
His kind, genuine nature gave him an innate ability to extract performances from ordinary people with ease.
Maurie discovered the story of Tom Wills, the founding father of AFL, and couldn’t believe that it had gone untold for so long.
Making a documentary about Tom Wills became a labour of love for Maurie, which he pursued until passing away in 2009.
The unfinished project was salvaged by a close group of friends and colleagues, who ensured its completion, and saw it screened on TV last weekend.
You can read an excellent article about the making of Maurie’s Tom Wills documentary here.