McAllister, Stewart

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Born in Wishaw, McAllister studied painting at the GSA from 1931-1936 where he met future animator, Norman McLaren at the Kinecraft Society. The two produced "Seven Till Five" (1933), a look at a day in the life of Glasgow Art School, (now held by the NLS Moving Image Archive) its rhythmic cutting inspired by their interest in Soviet film.

After a scholarship-funded European tour, McAllister followed McLaren into the GPO Film Unit (later the Crown Film Unit) in 1937 where he worked on stills, posters and graphics. There he met Humphry Jennings and the two went on to form a close director-editor partnership, producing a series of films including “London can take it”, “Listen to Britain” and ‘Fires were Started.” He later worked as a senior editor and producer for British Transport Films until his death from Liver Cancer in 1962.


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The Glasgow School of Art Kinecraft Society (c1920s-1930s)

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Stewart McAllister was a member of the GSA Kinecraft Society

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McLaren, Norman (1914-1987)

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