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Aussie director Bob Meillon dies – ‘one of the great characters of the TV industry’

An Australian director best known for working on Neighbours, Home and Away and A Country Practice has passed away.

Bob Meillon directed over 140 episodes of Neighbours through the 1990s and into 2001. He died peacefully early on Sunday 3 June. He was 69 years old.

Alan Fletcher, who plays Dr Karl Kennedy in Neighbours, told Encore: “Bob was a wonderful person to be in the company with, and share a red wine. One of the great characters of the TV industry. At Neighbours he was shooting three-camera studio television as well as on location. He had the ability to edit what he was shooting in his head. He’d only shoot what he knew he would use. He was a very efficient director stylistically.”

Fletcher continued: “As an actor you could go and move where you wanted and he would sit and calmly cover it, as if nothing was difficult for him.”

Meillon is survived by his separated wife, but still close friend Gail and son James. Meillon was the brother of John Meillon, who played Walter Reilly in Crocodile Dundee I and II.

Ray Lindsay, former senior floor manager at Ten, told Encore: “He did Logies and major sporting outdoor broadcasts as well as Cop Shop. He always in work. He was one of those directors who knew how the camera and floor worked. He was eccentric and a nice guy to work with. I’ve never heard a bad word against him.”

Lindsay said Meillon had been in palliative care for four-five months, but was not bed-ridden.

A wake will be held at Mosman Rowers Club on Friday June 8 to commence at 3 p.m.

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