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Acres, Birt (1854?–1918), film-maker, was born in Richmond, Virginia, USA, most probably on 23 July 1854, to British parents who had emigrated to America as prospective farmers. No record of his early life has been found; we know only that his father's name was ...

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Bennett, (Herbert William) Compton (1900–1974), film editor and director, was born at 165 Upper Grosvenor Road, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on 15 January 1900, the youngest of the six children born to Henry William Bennett, retired boot factor, and his wife, Ellen, née Rose...

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Best, Richard (1916–2004), film editor, was born Augustus Percy Best on 28 June 1916 at Sandford, Ferens Avenue, Hull, Yorkshire, the son of George Augustus Blakeney Best, a wholesale provision merchant then serving as a private in the 10th battalion of the East Yorkshire regiment...

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Biggar [married name Montlake], Helen Manson (1909–1953), sculptor, film-maker, theatre designer, and political activist, was born on 25 May 1909 at Dudley Drive, Hyndland, Glasgow, the eldest of three daughters of Hugh and Florence Biggar. She grew up in a socialist household, her father being a Christian socialist and founder member of the ...

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Box, (Frank) Sydney (1907–1983), film-maker and writer, was born on 26 April 1907 in Beckenham, Kent, the son of Frank Box, a career soldier who was wounded in the First World War, and his wife, a seamstress whose maiden name was Dowling. As the eldest, ...

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Box, John Allan Hyatt (1920–2005), film production designer, was born on 27 January 1920 at 80 Fordwych Road, Hampstead, London, the first child and elder son of Allan Cyril Box (1887–1974), a civil engineer then serving as a lieutenant in the Royal Engineers...

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Brandt, George William (1920–2007), film-maker and scholar of film, television, and drama, was born Georg Wilhelm Brandt in Berlin on 8 October 1920, the eldest child of a Jewish businessman. The family left Germany in 1933 and eventually settled in England, where he completed his secondary education at ...

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Cammell, Donald Seton (1934–1996), film-maker, was born on 17 January 1934 at the Outlook Tower, Castle Hill, Edinburgh, the son of Charles Richard Cammell (1890–1968), author, and his second wife, Iona Katherine Lamont Macdonald (1903–1981), daughter of David Macdonald, medical practitioner, and his wife, ...

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Carstairs, John Paddy [formerly Nelson John Keys] (1910–1970), film-maker and writer, was born at 1 St Stephen's Mansions, Smith Square, London, on 11 May 1910, the eldest of four sons of Nelson Waite (Bunch) Keys (1887–1939), actor and comedian, and his wife, ...

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John Paddy Carstairs (1910–1970) by Fred Daniels © reserved; collection National Portrait Gallery, London