The Friends of Philip Donnellan

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Welcome to the Philip Donnellan Website

"Without the BBC I might never have made films; but without the working people of Britain I would certainly not have known what to make them about"

Philip DonnellanWelcome to the Philip Donnellan Website. Our aim is to evaluate and advertise the work of Philip Donnellan, an innovative and socially committed documentary filmmaker. Throughout these pages you can find out more about Donnellan's life and work, his importance and projects designed to recognise his contribution to TV documentary.

The site is intended to act as a focal point for those interested in this work and exhibitors interested in organising individual screenings of his work and retrospectives. It will serve to support the consolidation, exploration and funding of the Philip Donnellan Archive which is deposited at the Birmingham City Archive (

We would like to hear from anyone with an interest in Donnellan, documentary and TV, former colleagues, anyone who owns materials likely to be of value to the Donnellan Archive, researchers, funders, publishers etc.

This website was established out of collaboration between the family of Philip Donnellan, Dr. Paul Long of the Department of Media & Communication UCE and Banner Theatre ( It was made possible by the financial support of Screen West Midlands (

Thanks to Ippy and Jill Donnellan.

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