Humphrey Jennings

Born: 19 August 1907, Walberswick, Suffolk
Died: 24 September 1950, Poros


Born in Suffolk on 19 August 1907, Humphrey Jennings is widely considered one of Britain’s greatest documentary filmmakers, directing films which beautifully evoke everyday heroism in times of war and peace.

Highlighted works

  • The Eighty Days

    The Eighty Days

    This public information film details the bombardment of London and the Southeast by the terrifying V-1 flying bomb, known as the ‘doodlebug’, and outlines Britain’s defences.

  • The First Days

    The First Days

    This very accomplished documentary is an evocation of the spirit of London during the early days of WWII.

  • Coal Face

    Coal Face

    This short but potent film is an official classic of the British documentary movement, and an ‘oratorio of coal mining’.


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