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Humphrey Jennings (1907–1950)

Humphrey Jennings, born in 1907, was a writer, set designer, painter, editor and, perhaps most famously, a director of ground-breaking documentary films for the renowned GPO film unit: Listen to Britain (1942), Fires Were Started (1943) and A Diary for Timothy (1945), films that changed the face of public service broadcasting. Throughout his life ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 43) in Poros, Greece

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Filmography

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 1951 The Changing Face of Europe (Documentary) (segment "6 "The Good Life")
 1950 Family Portrait (Short documentary)
 1949 The Dim Little Island (Short)
 1948 The Cumberland Story (Short)
 1946 A Defeated People (Documentary short)
 1945 A Diary for Timothy (Short documentary)
 1945 Myra Hess (Documentary short)
 1944 The Eighty Days (Documentary)
 1944 V. 1 (Documentary)
 1943 The Silent Village (Documentary short)
 1942 Listen to Britain (Documentary short)
 1941 The Heart of Britain (Documentary short)
 1941 This is England (Documentary short)
 1941 Words for Battle (Documentary short)
 1940 Spring Offensive (Documentary short)
 1940 Welfare of the Workers (Documentary short)
 1940 London Can Take It! (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1939 Cargoes (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1939 S.S. Ionian (Documentary short)
 1939 Spare Time (Documentary short)
 1939 The First Days (Documentary short) (uncredited)
 1938 English Harvest (Documentary short)
 1938 Making Fashion (Short)
 1938 Penny Journey (Documentary short)
 1938 Speaking from America (Documentary short)
 1938 The Farm (Documentary short)
 1937 Farewell Topsails (Documentary short)
 1934 Locomotives (Documentary short)
 1934 Post-haste (Documentary short)
 1934 The Story of the Wheel (Documentary short)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Book: "Pandaemonium" (published posthumously).

Publicity Listings:

2 Biographical Movies | 2 Print Biographies | See more »

Alternate Names:

F.H. Jennings
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Personal Quote:

I have found people extra helpful and extra charming in war time. They are living in a more heightened existence and are much more prepared to open their arms and fall into someone else's. To that extent ... they are better film material, and the emotion that they themselves are feeling is part of the emotion that we indeed are always attempting to use and propagate about life.

Trivia:

Biography in: John Wakeman, editor. "World Film Directors, Volume One, 1890-1945". Pages 508-513. New York: The H.W. Wilson Company, 1987. See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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