Bill Mason (director)

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Rowland Hill Berkeley Mason (9 November 1915 – 17 January 2002),[1] known as Bill Mason, was an English documentary film maker and scriptwriter.


Mason was born in Kings Norton, Birmingham, England and was educated at Gresham's School, Holt, between 1929 and 1934.[2]

In the 1940s, he moved to Hampstead Heath, London,[3] with his wife and son Nick Mason, who became the drummer of Pink Floyd.[1] A filmmaker and amateur racing car driver, because of a lifelong passion for motor sports Bill Mason specialized in observing them as a maker of documentary films.[3] His enthusiasm for the world of motoring was passed on to his son Nick, who wrote about them in his book Into the Red (2004).[4][5] Mason's success was such that Nick was given an Aston Martin sports car as a teenager.[3]

As well as making films, Mason was also a scriptwriter.[1]

Filmography as director[edit]

  • Le Mans 1952 (1952)[6]
  • Mille miglia (1953)[6]
  • History of the Motor Car (1972)[6]
  • Racing Mercedes - Part One (2001)[6]
  • Racing Mercedes - Part Two (2001)[6]
  • Racing Mercedes - Part Three (2001)[6]


  1. ^ a b c Bill Mason at (accessed 16 October 2007)
  2. ^ Old Greshamian Club Address Book 1999 (Cheverton & Son Ltd., Cromer, 1999)
  3. ^ a b c Pink Floyd Members at (accessed 16 October 2007)
  4. ^ Into the Red by Nick Mason and Mark Hales (Virgin Books, 2004) ISBN 978-1-85227-225-8
  5. ^ Review of Into the Red[permanent dead link] at (accessed 16 October 2007)
  6. ^ a b c d e f Bill Mason at the Internet Movie Database (accessed 16 October 2007)