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Malins, Geoffrey Herbert (1886–1940), filmmaker and adventurer, was born Arthur Herbert Malins at 27 Russell Street, Hastings, Sussex, on 18 November 1886, one of six surviving sons of Frederick William Malins (1856–1921), a hairdresser, and his wife, Annie Maria, née Jackson (1855–1929). He was reticent about his origins, probably reflecting a determination to make his own mark on the world, and not be tied down by others' preconceptions. He omitted details of his early life from both his published memoirs, gave his age on the record in various contexts implying dates of birth from 1884 to 1889, and allowed stories to circulate of his birth in ...