The photo is not available.

Humphrey Jennings (United Kingdom)

Humphrey Jennings was born in 1907 in Suffolk. After getting a First at Cambridge he drifted through a number of arty jobs. He was involved, with his friends poets Paul Eluard and André Breton in staging the first Surrealist exhibition in Britain, in which he also exhibited his own surrealist paintings and photos. He was also one of the founding members, along with Tom Harrison and Charles Madge, of the anthropological movement Mass Observation.
He joined GPO Film Unit, then under John Grierson, in 1934. The GPO Film Unit became the Crown Film Unit in 1940, a movie-making propaganda arm of the Ministry of Information. His films are inclusively patriotic in sentiment and very English in their sensibility, such as: London Can Take It! (1940), Fires Were Started (1943), A Diary for Timothy (1945), or Family Portrait (his last completed film, 1950). Probably Jennings' best remembered short film is Listen to Britain (1942). Excerpts from it are often seen in other documentaries about wartime.
Throughout his life Jennings also worked on his great anthology on the Industrial Revolution and the human imagination. "Pandaemonium" a monumental achievement, was finally published in 1985.
Jennings died in 1950 in Greece from a cliff fall while researching his next film.


  • V. 1
    UK, 1944
  • The Heart of Britain
    UK, 1941
  • This Is England
    UK, 1941
  • Welfare of the Workers
    UK, 1940
  • Cargoes
    UK, 1939
  • S.S. Ionian
    UK, 1939
  • The Farm
    UK, 1938
  • Speaking from America
    UK, 1938
  • Penny Journey
    UK, 1938
  • The Story of the Wheel
    UK, 1934
  • Post-haste
    UK, 1934
  • Myra Hess
    9´, UK, 1945
  • London Can Take It!
    9´, UK, 1940
  • English Harvest
    9´, UK, 1938
  • Farewell Topsails
    9´, UK, 1937
  • Words for Battle
    8´, UK, 1941
  • Fires Were Started
    80´, UK, 1943
  • Making Fashion
    7´, UK, 1938
  • A Diary for Timothy
    40´, UK, 1945
  • The Cumberland Story
    37´, UK, 1947
  • The Silent Village
    36´, UK, 1943
  • The True Story of Lilli Marlene
    29´, UK, 1944
  • Family Portrait
    25´, UK, 1950
  • The First Days
    23´, UK, 1939
  • Listen to Britain
    20´, UK, 1942
  • Spring Offensive
    20´, UK, 1940
  • A Defeated People
    18´, UK, 1946
  • Spare Time
    15´, UK, 1939
  • Design for Spring
    15´, UK, 1938
  • The Changing Face of Europe
    116´, UK, 1951
  • The Dim Little Island
    10´, UK, 1949
  • Locomotives
    10´, UK, 1934 is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

Doc Alliance Members

Join to get regular updates on our film program:

By sending the registration for the Newsletter, I consent to receiving commercial communications through electronic means and to related personal data processing required for the purposes of sending the Newsletter of Doc-Air Distribution s.r.o. I confirm having read the Principles of Personal Data Processing, understanding the text and consenting to the same, while I acknowledge the rights specified herein, including, without limitation, the right to submit objections against direct marketing techniques.

Poslat svému Junioru