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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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Dehn, Paul Edward (1912–1976), writer and film critic, was born on 5 November 1912 at 13 Belfield Road, Didsbury, Manchester, the elder son and eldest of the three children of Frederick Edward Dehn (1881/2–1947), cotton merchant, and his wife, Helen, née Susman (1880–1976)...

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Forman, Stanley (1921–2013), film distributor and archivist, was born Israel Forminsky on 26 December 1921 at 22 Rupert Street, Whitechapel, London, the son of Isaac Forminsky, later Israel Forman, a tailor's baster who eventually setup his own successful tailoring business, and his wife, ...

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Gifford, Denis (1927–2000), cartoonist and film historian, was born on 26 December 1927 at 1 Bampton Road, Forest Hill, London, the son of William Thomas Benjamin Gifford, a lithographic printer, and his wife, Amelia Emma Rachel, née Hutchings. From his early pre-school years he showed his talent for drawing, and he claimed that from the age of three he had begun to collect and cherish comics. He was educated in ...

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Halliwell, (Robert James) Leslie (1929–1989), film buyer and encyclopaedist, was born on 23 February 1929 in Bolton, Lancashire, the youngest child by thirteen years and only son in the family of three children of James Halliwell, cotton spinner, of Bolton, and his wife, ...

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Lejeune [married name Thompson], Caroline Alice (1897–1973), film critic, was born on 27 March 1897 at Didsbury, Manchester, the youngest in the family of five daughters and three sons of Adam Edward Lejeune (d. 1898/9) and his wife, Jane Louisa, daughter of ...

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Lindgren, Ernest Henry (1910–1973), film archivist, was born on 3 October 1910 at 15 Westwick Gardens, Hammersmith, London, the eldest child of Ernst Wilhelm Lindgren (1878–1935), a master tailor from Sweden, and his wife, Charlotte Elvery (1877–1971). He was educated in London: at ...

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Manvell, (Arnold) Roger (1909–1987), film critic and historian, was born on 10 October 1909 at St Barnabas vicarage, Leicester, the only child of the Revd Arnold Edward William Manvell, later canon of Peterborough Cathedral, and his wife, Gertrude Theresa Baines. He was educated at ...

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(Elizabeth) Dilys Powell (1901–1995) by Fred Daniels, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Powell, (Elizabeth) Dilys (1901–1995), film critic, was born on 20 July 1901 at Lloyd's Bank, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, the daughter of Thomas Powell, bank manager, and his wife, Mary Jane, née Lloyd. She was educated at Bournemouth high school and at Somerville College, Oxford...