James Hill

  • James Hill – Skyhook (1958)

    Skyhook is a typical example of a trade test film, in that it documents industrial activity, in this case the use of helicopters to transport equipment to build an oil rig in Papua New Guinea. The idea that environmental damage is a small price to pay for economic growth was a common assumption expressed in several films of this period. BP would attempt to redress the balance in 1970 with the groundbreaking documentary film The Shadow of Progress.Read More »

  • James Hill – The Dock Brief AKA Trial and Error (1962)

    An incompetent lawyer defends an accused wife murderer.Read More »

  • James Hill – A Study in Terror (1965)

    In this Sherlock Holmes tale, Arthur Conan Doyle’s legendary 19th-century British sleuth (John Neville) is on the trail of Jack the Ripper. In the dark alleys of London, the notorious Ripper has committed a series of gruesome murders when Holmes takes on the task of solving these horrific crimes. The process takes Holmes from the lowest rungs of society all the way to the peak of the aristocracy, discovering blackmail and family insanity everywhere he goes.Read More »

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