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Michael Grigsby obituary

21 March 2013 11:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Film-maker whose documentaries allowed the subjects to speak for themselves

The documentary film-maker Michael Grigsby, who has died aged 76, strove to convey the experiences of ordinary people, and those on the margins of society. His subjects ranged from Inuit hunters in northern Canada and North Sea fishermen to Northern Irish farmers, Vietnamese villagers and, most recently, ageing American veterans of the Vietnam war.

He made more than 30 films – many of them for Granada TV's World in Action and Disappearing World – which were marked by the way in which they allowed their subjects to speak for themselves. Taking his films back to the communities he had filmed for their approval became a vital part of Grigsby's process of securing trust. Some – like the Inuit – would subsequently use his films to explain their lives to outsiders.

Grigsby's questions were never heard and he abhorred commentary, preferring brief captions or the overlaid voices »

- Ian Christie

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Michael Grigsby

21 March 2013 11:34 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Film-maker whose documentaries allowed the subjects to speak for themselves

The documentary film-maker Michael Grigsby, who has died aged 76, strove to convey the experiences of ordinary people, and those on the margins of society. His subjects ranged from Inuit hunters in northern Canada and North Sea fishermen to Northern Irish farmers, Vietnamese villagers and, most recently, ageing American veterans of the Vietnam war.

He made more than 30 films – many of them for Granada TV's World in Action and Disappearing World – which were marked by the way in which they allowed their subjects to speak for themselves. Taking his films back to the communities he had filmed for their approval became a vital part of Grigsby's process of securing trust. Some – like the Inuit – would subsequently use his films to explain their lives to outsiders.

Grigsby's questions were never heard and he abhorred commentary, preferring brief captions or the overlaid voices »

- Ian Christie

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