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Anstey, Edgar Harold Macfarlane (1907–1987), documentary film-maker, was born in Watford, Hertfordshire, on 16 February 1907, the younger child and only son of Percy Edgar Macfarlane Anstey and his wife, Kate Clowes. His father was a chef, distinguished in his occupation. Edgar Anstey...

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Cawston, (Edwin) Richard (1923–1986), documentary film-maker, was born on 31 May 1923 in Weybridge, Surrey, the elder child and elder son of Edwin Cawston, merchant, of Weybridge, and his wife, Phyllis, daughter of Henry Charles Hawkins. He always wanted to make films; as a boy at ...

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Gili, Jonathan Francesc (1943–2004), documentary film-maker, publisher, and collector, was born on 19 April 1943 at the Radcliffe Maternity Home, Oxford, the eldest of three children of Joan Lluis Gili (1907–1998), bookseller, publisher, and Catalan scholar, and his wife, Elizabeth Helen, née McPherson (1913–2011)...

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Grierson, John (1898–1972), documentary film-maker, was born on 26 April 1898 in the village of Deanston in the parish of Kilmadock, Perthshire, Scotland, the fourth of eight children and the elder son of the local headmaster, Robert Grierson, whose forebears were lighthouse keepers, and of his wife, ...

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John Grierson (1898–1972) by Ronny Jaques, 1944 [left, with Ralph Foster, head of graphics, examining a series of posters produced by the National Film Board of Canada] Ronny Jaques / National Film Board of Canada. Photothèque / National Archives of Canada / PA-179108

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Griffith, Kenneth Reginald (1921–2006), actor and documentary film-maker, was born Kenneth Reginald Griffiths on 12 October 1921 at his paternal grandparents' home, Rhos Cottage, Church Park, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, the son of Harold Sydney Griffiths, railway booking clerk, and his wife, Margaret (Peggy), née...

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Parker, (Hubert) Charles (1919–1980), radio producer and documentary maker, was born on 5 April 1919 at 47 Richmond Park Road, Bournemouth, Hampshire, the second child of Percy Bond Parker, a general dealer, and his wife, Sarah Stretton. He later recalled that his father, although disabled, sold paraffin from a barrow. Educated at ...

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Read, John (1923–2011), documentary film-maker, was born on 7 January 1923 at Muscoate, Beaumont Road, Purley, Surrey, the only son of Sir Herbert Edward Read (1893–1968), poet, literary critic, and writer on art, and his first wife, Evelyn May, née Roff (1894–1972). His parents, who grew increasingly estranged during his childhood, moved to ...

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Wright, Basil Charles (1907–1987), maker of documentary films and author, was born on 12 June 1907 in Sutton, Surrey, the only son (there were also younger twin sisters) of Major Lawrence Wright TD and his wife, Gladys Marsden, and was brought up in a comfortably well-off middle-class family. He was educated at ...