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Anstey, Edgar Harold Macfarlane (1907–1987), documentary film-maker  

Nicholas Pronay

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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  

Antony Jay

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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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Cooper [married name Alexander], Brigid Winifred Thérèse [Budge] (1913–1983)  

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Budge Cooper (1913–1983), by unknown photographer

National Library of Scotland, Moving Image Archive

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Cooper [married name Alexander], Brigid Winifred Thérèse [Budge] (1913–1983), documentary film-maker  

Melanie Bell

Cooper [married name Alexander], Brigid Winifred Thérèse [Budge] (1913–1983), documentary film-maker, was born Bridget Winifred Cooper at 133 Upper Richmond Road, Putney, London, on 2 September 1913, the third of at least four daughters of George Alexander John Cooper...

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Craigie (married names Begbie-Clench, Dell, Foot), Noreen Jean [Jill] (1911–1999)  

Maker: Fred Daniels

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Jill Craigie (1911–1999), by Fred Daniels, 1949

© National Portrait Gallery, London

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Craigie [married names Begbie-Clench, Dell, Foot], Noreen Jean [Jill] (1911–1999), film-maker, writer, and feminist scholar  

Hollie Price

Craigie [married names Begbie-Clench, Dell, Foot], Noreen Jean [Jill] (1911–1999), film-maker, writer, and feminist scholar, was born at 17 Dancer Road, Fulham, London, on 7 March 1911, the daughter of Arthur Charles Craigie (1884–1970), theatre box office clerk, and his wife, ...

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Erulkar (married name de Normanville), Sarah (1923–2015), documentary film-maker  

Melanie Bell

Erulkar (married name de Normanville), Sarah (1923–2015), documentary film-maker, was born on 2 May 1923 in Calcutta, India, the daughter of David Solomon Erulkar (1891-–1970), a barrister and later shipping controller for the government of India, and his wife, ...

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Gili, Jonathan Francesc (1943–2004), documentary film-maker, publisher, and collector  

Catrine Clay

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  

Ian Aitken

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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Grierson, John (1898–1972)  

Maker: Ronny Jaques

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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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Grierson, Ruby Isabel (1903–1940), documentary film-maker and schoolteacher  

Hollie Price

Grierson, Ruby Isabel (1903–1940), documentary film-maker and schoolteacher, was born at the School House, Cambusbarron, Stirling, on 24 November 1903, the fifth of six daughters (there were also two sons) of Robert Morrison Grierson (1860–1928), a schoolmaster, and his wife, Jane, ...

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Griffith, Kenneth Reginald (1921–2006), actor and documentary film-maker  

Dennis Barker

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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Marks, Dennis Michael (1948–2015), documentary film-maker, broadcaster, and opera administrator  

Humphrey Burton

Marks, Dennis Michael (1948–2015), documentary film-maker, broadcaster, and opera administrator, was born at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, London, on 2 July 1948, the son of Samuel Marks, accountant and company secretary to a clothing firm, and his wife, Katie (Kitty), ...

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Parker, (Hubert) Charles (1919–1980), radio producer and documentary maker  

Philip A. Donnellan

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  

John Wyver

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  

Nicholas Pronay

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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 ...