John Grierson

Born: 26 April 1898, Deanston
Died: 19 February 1972, Bath

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Highlighted works

  • Drifters


    This story of a commercial trawler off the west coast of Scotland is a crucial film in the development of the British documentary.

  • Granton Trawler

    Granton Trawler

    A small dragnet fishing vessel on the Viking Bank in the North Sea is the subject of this demonstration of the craft of documentary.

  • Coal Face

    Coal Face

    This short but potent film is an official classic of the British documentary movement, and an ‘oratorio of coal mining’.

  • Children at School

    Children at School

    An important film about conditions in schools – made by Basil Wright, a major figure in Britain’s 1930s documentary movement.


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