- Jon Blair
Jon Blair is a South African born
writer, producer and director of documentary films, drama and comedy who has lived in Englandever since he was drafted into the South African army in the late 1960s.
His two most notable documentary films related to events which occurred during the
Holocaust. The first of these "Schindler: The Documentary" (1984) told the true story of Oscar Schindlerand won a British Academy Award for Best Documentary that year. Ten years later the documentary was used as a research resource for Steven Spielberg's Oscar winning film " Schindler's List"
1995film " Anne Frank Remembered" was a documentary which attempted to present the story of Anne Frankas the record of a historical figure, rather than the fictionalized version of her story as related through the films which had preceded it. In making the film, Blair filmed in actual locations such as the "Achterhuis" (where the family lived in hiding) in Amsterdam, as well as Westerborkand Auschwitz Concentration Camps. He collaborated with Miep Gies, the woman who had helped shelter the Frank family, and who had saved Frank's diary. The film won an Academy Award for Documentary Featureas well as an International Emmy and an International Documentary Association Award for Best Documentary amongst others.
In 2005 Blair won a further Emmy for his series "Reporters at War".
He was also one of the originators and producers of the cult British comedy series "
* [http://www.sonyclassics.com/annefrank/crew/blair.html Sony classics biography]
* [http://www.sonyclassics.com/annefrank/misc/interview.html Sony classics interview with Jon Blair]
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