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John Grierson
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John Grierson

John Grierson (1898 - February 19 1972, Bath, England) was one of the most influential early documentary filmmakers.

Born in Stirlingshire, Grierson attended Glasgow University and studied communications before moving into filming. His first film was about herring fishermen, "Drifters" , was successful and he went on to establish himself as the 'father of the documentary'. He was the first to use the term 'documentary.

He was the creative organizer who formed and ran the Empire Marketing Board Film Unit (better known as the EMB Film Unit).

Filmography as director:

Filmography as producer: