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James Harris

Director, Camera

Welsh-born James Harris played an important role in the founding of the National Film Unit in 1941. A well-educated, versatile filmmaker equally at home behind the camera, operating a splicer or wielding a pen, he spent 26 years with the NFU, mostly as a senior director. Photo credit: Archives New Zealand, reference AAQT 6401 A23,729

Where all jobs overlap no one is indispensible, and also general versatility makes the studio a good training ground, the film-making job being seen whole. James Harris writing in Screen Parade, January 1945