zaterdag, januari 22, 2005


documentary. who was grierson?

In 1928, John Grierson returned to England, where he joined the Empire Marketing Board and organized the E.M.B. Film Unit, first as director and later as producer. The purpose of this group of film-makers was to « bring alive » in terms of cinema some of the essential but taken-for-granted phases of modern life. While with the E.M.B., Grierson personally directed Drifters, a film about the North Sea herring fishermen, which laid the foundation for documentary film in Britain.
between 1930 and 1938 he was directly or indirectly responsible for the production of a long list of documentaries on behalf of the British Government, the gas and oil industries, Imperial Airways, the National Council of Social Services, and such bodies.

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