Forsyth Hardy

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Forsyth Hardy
BornHenry Forsyth Hardy
12 February 1910
Bathgate, Scotland
Died24 May 1994
Edinburgh, Scotland
SpouseMargaret Fisher

Henry Forsyth Hardy (12 February 1910 - 24 May 1994) was a Scottish critic, writer and film administrator.[1]


Henry Forsyth Hardy was born in Bathgate, West Lothian on 12 February 1910.[1] He co-founded the Edinburgh Film Guild in 1929.[2] Hardy started his career as an office bearer in the Edinburgh Film Guild, Scottish Film Council and the Federation of Scottish Film Societies.[3] He was working as a reporter for The Scotsman in 1930, where he wrote a review of John Grierson's Drifter's, Grierson enjoyed the review that he went to speak with Hardy.[1]

In 1932 he became The Scotsman's first film critic,[3] and after ten years with the company, he left to become head of information at the Scottish Office.[1] Hardy was one of the founders of the British Film Institute in 1933, and also a founding member of the Scottish Film Council in 1934.[1] Hardy was also a co-founder of the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 1947.[3]

From 1953-75, Hardy was the first Director for the Films of Scotland committee; he worked on 140 films during his time with the committee.[3] He was put in charge of overseeing John Grierson's work on the documentary Seawards The Great Ships which was released in 1961.[3] Seawards was the first Scottish film to win an Academy Award during the 1962 award ceremony.[4]

Hardy then left the Films of Scotland committee to become the first secretary of the Scottish Film Directors Fund.[3]

Cinema Quarterly[edit]

Hardy co-founded the Cinema Quarterly with Norman Wilson in Edinburgh in 1932, people also contributed to the paper, and this included Paul Rotha, Basil Wright and John Grierson.[1] The quarterly continued before it stopped circulating under Cinema Quarterly in 1935; however, in its later years, it had notable contributions from Graham Greene, T.S. Eliot and Aldous Huxley.[5]

In 1936 the name of the magazine changed to World Film News and Television Progress in 1936, it then had a final change of name to SEE: World Film News for three issues before publication of the magazine ceased.[5]


Grierson on Documentary (1946)

Scandinavian Film (1 January 1952)

John Grierson: A Documentary Biography (28 February 1979)

John Grierson on Scotland (1979)

Grierson on the Movies (2 March 1981)

Scotland in Film (21 June 1990)

Slightly Mad and Full of Dangers: The Story of the Edinburgh Film Festival (31 December 1992)


Twenty Years of British Film 1925-45 (1947)


Filmgoers' Review: A Pictorial Survey Of The Year's Films (1945-7)


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Obituary: Forsyth Hardy". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  2. ^ "History of the Guild – The Edinburgh Film Guild". Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Forsyth Hardy". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  4. ^ "Faces of Scotland Review". Film @ The Digital Fix. 2011-02-11. Retrieved 2018-06-12.
  5. ^ a b "Cinema Quarterly". Cinema St Andrews. 2013-04-23. Retrieved 2018-06-12.

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