Ellis, Jack C.
September 1984
Journal of Film & Video;Fall84, Vol. 36 Issue 4, p41
Academic Journal
The article narrates the final years of British documentary during the time of John Grierson as Controller of the Films Division of the Central Office of Information (COI). Part of his responsibility included coordinating the work of the Crown Film Unit and the COI Films Division. The films division was growing in an extreme large size, stemming from the greatly expanded production apparatus and output of war. In the second year of Grierson's tenure, decline in its film distribution/exhibition happened and most of the defects of the postwar British government film services were present. On January 1951, Grierson resigned from the Division of the COI and two months after he left, the Colonial Film Unit was transferred to the Colonial Office.


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