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.

Life[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Bill Mason at bfi.org.uk (accessed 16 October 2007)
  2. ^ Old Greshamian Club Address Book 1999 (Cheverton & Son Ltd., Cromer, 1999)
  3. ^ a b c Pink Floyd Members at angelfire.com (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 rbooks.co.uk (accessed 16 October 2007)
  6. ^ a b c d e f Bill Mason at the Internet Movie Database (accessed 16 October 2007)