John Grierson Poster


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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 26 April 1898Kilmadock, Stirlingshire, Scotland, UK
Date of Death 19 February 1972Bath, Somerset, England, UK

Mini Bio (1)

John Grierson was born on April 26, 1898 in Kilmadock, Stirlingshire, Scotland. He was a producer and writer, known for The Song of Ceylon (1934), On the Fishing Banks of Skye (1938) and The Brave Don't Cry (1952). He was married to Margaret Grierson. He died on February 19, 1972 in Bath, Somerset, England.

Spouse (1)

Margaret Grierson (1930 - 19 February 1972) (his death)

Trivia (9)

Honorary president of the Oberhausen International Short Film Festival.
In 1926 he helped prepare Battleship Potemkin (1925) for American audiences.
He arrived in the United States in 1924 because of a grant from the Rockeller foundation. His research was in the field of social sciences.
In 1939 he became the National Film Board's first film commissioner.
He was instrumental in establishing and developing the National Film Board of Canada. To recognize this, in 1972 the Governor General of Canada contacted the government of Canada to negotiate an amendment to the Order of Canada's constitution to allow Grierson, who was not a Canadian citizen, to be appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada. The Cabinet scheduled a meeting to formalize this change and a telegram was prepared to be sent to Grierson as soon as the necessary documents had been authorized. Unfortunately, Grierson died one day before the Cabinet was scheduled to approve his appointment. Since posthumous appointments cannot be made, Grierson was never appointed to the Order. In recognition of this tragic delay, the Order of Canada was significantly altered during the 1970s to remove the bureaucratic delay for honorary appointments, and since that time non-citizens like Nelson Mandela and Václav Havel have been appointed honorary companions.
Brother of fellow documentary directors Marion Taylor and Ruby Grierson.
Worked with UNESCO in Paris.
First person to use the term "documentary", in reviewing Robert J. Flaherty's Moana (1926).
Attended Glasgow University.

Personal Quotes (1)

The story of the documentary movement is the story of how, not without a scar or two, we got by.

Salary (1)

Drifters (1929) £2,500

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