About me

Hello. My name is Phil and if you’re reading this, I’m guessing you want to know more about me, so thank you.

To tell you about my history with photography, I will also explain where the name Boba Phil comes from. When I was about 5, my dad had a cinema in the garage, where we would watch movies together, discuss them, study them and generally enjoy ourselves. One of the movies I most remember was Star Wars…my dad said my eyes were wide open, fixed on the screen. One of my favourite characters was Boba Fett, hence the name Boba Phil.

Phil selfie
Phil at 17 years old.

Cine Film to DVD

I have been working with all formats of cine film since those days in the home made cinema. When I left school, I started a small business with my dad, called Aarchive Films, where we went into video production and putting old cine film on to DVD.

After building up a reputation as one of the best companies in the UK, and the world, for transferring cine film to video, we also produced and number of DVD documentaries, mostly about the local railways in the South West of England.

DVD Production

Whilst working in the Drake Odeon cinema in Plymouth, my dad worked with a man called Roger Underwood. When they had left the cinema dad worked with cine film and Roger Underwood had become a cameraman.

Dad, Roger, my granddad and me started working on our own documentaries.  Using the cine film that dad and myself would transfer, Roger as a cameraman and editor and granddad working on a script, we ended up making about 30 productions, which are still available today from the Aarchive Film website. 

Rise From the Ashes

Featuring the rebuilding of Plymouth city centre from the years 1947 to 1960 with 40 minutes of exclusive archive footage.

Plymouth's Roaring 20's

30 Minutes of movies from the 1920s - the people of Plymouth in party mood, a pram push through the crowded streets and simply lots of movie images.

Back Along North Devon's Lines

A journey into the past with unique archive movie film from the late 1890s to the 1970s, telling the story of the Exeter, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe railways.

Images of the Culm Valley

Tiverton junction to Hemyock, images of the Culm Valley Light Railway.

Phil the photographer


Dad passed away in 2001 and left me Aarchive Films as an inheritance, which is still running today. I no longer make any of the documentaries, since dad was the train buff, but I have now become a professional photographer and still make the occasional video. 

I also teach photography workshops for adults with learning difficulties at a local art group, Imagine, Learn & Create

Please have a look at my portfolio and I hope to here from you soon.