Stuart Legg (United Kingdom)

Stuart Legg (31 August 1910, London, England – 23 July 1988, Wiltshire, England) was a documentary film-maker. As part of the British Documentary Film Movement, he worked with the General Post Office film unit from 1933, before replacing Paul Rotha as head of Strand Films in 1937. In 1939, he moved to Canada with John Grierson, where he launched the National Film Board of Canada's Canada Carries On and World in Action film series, for which he made many films. His most notable films include Churchill's Island (1941), which won the first Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject, and Warclouds in the Pacific, which was nominated for the same award. A few years after the war, he returned to Britain and worked as a producer for the Crown Film Unit between 1948 and 1950. In 1957, he became chairman of the Film Centre International. He later produced documentaries for Shell.

His interest in history led him to write The Heartland (New York: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux, 1970; later reissued as The Barbarians of Asia); dedicated to Grierson, the book "gives the grand sweep of European and Asian history in terms of the continual conflict between the great coastal civilizations (China, India, Persia, the Middle East, Europe) and the barbarian horsemen from the central Asian steppes (Huns, Turks, Mongols, and others)."


  • Varsity
    UK, 1930
  • The Coming of the Dial
    15', UK, 1933
  • Cable Ship
    12', UK, 1933
  • Yugoslavia
    UK, 1935
  • Free to Roam
    15', UK, 1938
  • Youth is Tomorrow
    16', Canada, 1939
  • The Case of Charlie Gordon
    Canada, 1939
  • Warclouds in the Pacific
    20', Canada, 1941
  • Churchill's Island
    21', Canada, 1941
  • The Invasion of North Africa
    20', Canada, 1942
  • The War for Men's Minds
    21', Canada, 1943
  • Inside France
    21', Canada, 1944
  • Balkan Powder Keg
    Canada, 1944
  • Food: Secret of the Peace
    11', Canada, 1945
  • John Bull's Own Island
    UK 1945
  • Powered Fight: The Story of the Century
    54', UK, 1953

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