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

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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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Denis [née Holdsworth], Michaela [other married name Michaela Lindsay, Lady Lindsay] (1914–2003), writer and wildlife film-maker, is thought to have been born in London on 28 August 1914. According to her own account she was an only child, as her father, whom she described as an archaeologist from ...

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Michaela Denis (1914–2003) by Thurston Hopkins, 1952 Getty Images

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Dickson, William Kennedy Laurie (1860–1935), electrical engineer and film-maker, was born on 3 August 1860 at Château St Buc, Le Minihic-sur-Rance, Brittany, France, the second of three children of James Waite Dickson (d. 1870s), an artist, and his second wife, Elizabeth Kennedy-Laurie (1823?–1879)...

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Douglas, William Gerald [Bill] (1934–1991), film-maker, was born on 17 April 1934 at 14 Third Avenue, Newcraighall, Edinburgh, the only son of John James Douglas (1913–1988), coalminer, and Rose McEwen Beveridge (1912–1996), hosiery worker. He was brought up initially by his maternal grandmother, also ...

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Eldridge, John Stuart (1917–1962), film-maker, was born at 21 Castle Hill Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, on 26 July 1917, the son of John Frederick Eldridge (1867/8–1952), private hotel proprietor, and his second wife, Flora Ethel, née Curle (1882–1972). He was educated at Haileybury College, Hertfordshire...

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Fitzhamon [formerly Hayman], Lewin Henry Dell (1869–1961), film-maker, was born at 5 Portland Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on 5 June 1869, the fourth son and sixth child of Henry Hayman (1823–1904) and his wife, Matilda Julia, née Westby (1830/31–1911). His father, a Church of England...

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Gilbertson [née Brown], Jenny Isabel (1902–1990), film-maker, was born on 28 October 1902 at 29 Falkland Mansions, Kelvinside, Glasgow, the second of three children of William Brown (1865–1952), an iron and steel merchant, and his wife, Mary Dunn Wright (1872–1957). She attended ...

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Godfrey, Roland Frederick [Bob] (1921–2013), animator, director, and film-maker, was born on 27 May 1921 in Horse Shoe Bend, West Maitland, New South Wales, Australia, the son of Roland Charles Godfrey, a Banbury operator employed in the making of chemical blends for motor vehicle tyres. Known throughout his life as ...

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Roland Frederick Godfrey (1921–2013) by Jack Lowe, c.2004 © Jack Lowe / The Bob Godfrey Collection

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(Arthur) William Haggar (1851–1925) by unknown photographer by permission of Rhondda Cynon Taf Libraries