James Hill

Scriptwriter + Producer + Writer
Born Aug 1, 1919

James Hill (1 August 1919 - 7 October 1994) was a British film and television director, screenwriter and producer whose career spanned 52 years between 1937–1989, best remembered for his documentaries and short subjects such as Giuseppina and The Home Made Car, and as director of the internationally acclaimed Born Free.… Read More

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1919 Birth James H. Hill was born in Eldwick, Yorkshire, England on 1 August 1919, and attended Belle Vue Boys' School.


1937 17 Years Old He entered the GPO Film Unit in 1937 as an assistant, then served in the RAF Film Unit during World War II, receiving a DFC. … Read More


1952 33 Years Old After the war he became a documentary director, primarily of shorts, before graduating to feature length children's movies with The Stolen Plans in 1952.
1955 36 Years Old In 1955 Hill entered a new phase with the documentary The New Explorers, sponsored by the BP oil company who (following Shell Oil's example) produced a number of industry-related, independently produced documentaries and shorts. … Read More


1965 46 Years Old The year 1965 began with A Study in Terror, pitting an imaginary Sherlock Holmes against real life Jack the Ripper. … Read More


1994 75 Years Old James Hill was married to Lucienne Hill (?-?). He died in London on 7 October 1994, at the age of 75. … Read More
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