Harry Watt
(United Kingdom)

Harry Watt was born in 1906 in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied at Edinburgh University, but failed to complete his degree. In 1932 he joined John Grierson at the Empire Marketing Board Film Unit. Watt gained first valuable experience assisting John Taylor on Robert Flaherty's film Man of Aran (1934). In 1936, on Grierson's recommendation, he became a director for the newly-established London unit of the American newsreel series March of Time. For the GPO Film Unit, Watt went on to direct most of Night Mail, best-remembered of all the 1930s documentaries.
He continued his film work during wartime in Crown Film Unit, his surely most remembered film from that time is Target for To-night (1941) was the first British documentary to reach a wide audience in commercial cinemas. He later joined Alberto Cavalcanti in Ealing studios. After the war he made two African sagas Where No Vultures Fly(1951) and West of Zanzibar (1954). The films were very popular and became two of Ealing's biggest box-office successes. His last cinema films, two minor ventures made in Norway and Denmark, emerged in 1961. Harry Watt died in 1987 in Amersham, UK.

Dover Front Line
UK, 1940
London Can Take It! - together with Humphrey Jennings
9´, UK, 1940
The Overlanders
91´, UK, 1946
Den hvide hingst
90´, Denmark, 1961
Fiddlers Three
88´, UK, 1944
West of Zanzibar
84´, UK, 1954
The Front Line
6´, UK, 1940
Nine Men
68´, UK, 1943
Target for Tonight
48´, UK, 1941
Vidunderhunden bara
37´, Norway, 1961
North Sea
32´, UK, 1938
Squadron 992
26´, UK, 1939
The Saving of Bill Blewitt
25´, UK, 1937
Night Mail - together with Basil Wright
25´, UK, 1936
The First Days
23´, UK, 1939
Christmas Under Fire
10´, UK, 1941
Where No Vultures Fly
107´, UK, 1951
Eureka Stockade
103´, UK, 1949
The Siege of Pinchgut
100´, UK, 1959

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