Rise of the British Documentary Movement. Scotsman and visionary filmmaker John Grierson was instrumental in the rise of the British documentary film movement. The silent classic Drifters, directed by Grierson in 1929, had a lasting impact on British film and was a turning point in the history of the British Documentary Movement.
Watson directed The Family with Franc Roddam, basing it on the 1973 US series An American Family.Its style revived that of the documentary movement led by John Grierson decades earlier and ...
Watson directed The Family with Franc Roddam, basing it on the 1973 US series An American Family. Its style revived that of the documentary movement led by John Grierson decades earlier and furthered by those in television from the 1950s such as Denis Mitchell and Norman Swallow, who depicted working-class life and gave a voice to the voiceless.
He worked closely with NFB commissioner John Grierson, who often joked that Newman had “a B-picture mentality” due to his belief in making films average viewers could relate to. From Grierson, Newman took the idea of capturing an audience within the first 60 seconds.
Above all, Chapman is broad-minded and fair, avoiding the judgementalism, verging on sectarian partisanship, inflecting much of the literature with respect to John Grierson in particular. All the players here – from ‘actualities’ to state propaganda, journalistic TV to oppositional agitprop – earn their moment on the stage.
In the 1920s and 30s there was a sense, among some, that society might be improved if people were better informed as to how society “worked”. It was a vague notion, partly inspired by John Grierson (head of the Film Unit) reflecting on his time in the USA.
CSDF: Night Mail / Drifters – review ★★★★☆. by Anne-Louise Fortune. November 6, 2023. 13 mins read. 2023 marks the 125th anniversary of the birth of John Grierson. As well as being the acknowledged ‘father’ of the British documentary film movement, Grierson was originally from Stirlingshire (as it was then called), and his ...
Although its historical roots are often traced back to the work of Robert Flaherty, the American director who made Nanook of the North in 1922, and John Grierson, the British documentarist whose first film was premiered at a London double bill with Battleship Potemkin in1929, in Britain the modern documentary's political power is often measured ...
Grierson, John and Hardy, Forsyth. Grierson on Documentary, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2023.https://doi.org/10.1525/9780520325142
In 1938, King's government invited British documentary maker John Grierson to study the situation of the government's film production (which at that time was the responsibility of the Canadian Government Motion Picture Bureau).