link-picture-2.jpg b. 1896, Wimbledon, London

d. 1968

Producer, writer, director, nature filmmaker, children’s film expert, censor.

In 1926 Field joined British Instructional’s Secrets of Nature series (1922-33) where she worked with cinematographer Percy Smith. Field variously filled the roles of producer, writer and director and in 1929 she became series editor.

Field moved to Gaumont-British Instructional in 1933 and with Harry Bruce Woolfe, worked on a new nature series, Secrets of Life (1934-1950). She was later a pioneering figure in the children’s cinema movement, setting up the Children’s Film Department for Arthur J. Rank in 1944.

See Sarah Easen, Mary Field screenonline entry for more information.


Kinematograph Yearbook 1939, p. 322:

Born 1896. Trained in Historical Research, Holds degree of M.A. (London) with Distinction. Education Department, British Instructional Films, 1927-1929; Continuity for B.I.F. 1929-1930; Editor and Director, 1931-1933. Director G.B. Instructional, and also on Board of the company, 1933. Club ;- Forum. Address: Lime Grove Studios, Shepherd’s Bush, W.12. Phone Shepherd’s Bush 1210.

‘The Study of Flight: Film Made by a Woman’, Kinematograph Weekly, 8 May 1930, p. 32 [NB refers to the talkie The Flight Machine]

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