Company History

The story so far ...

Greenpark Productions Ltd was incorporated in Polperro, Cornwall, in 1938 by the British author and scriptwriter Walter Greenwood (1903 - 1974), whose credits include the book and feature film "Love on The Dole", and his accountant, Mr. Park.

Further information about the life and works of Walter Greenwood is available in the Walter Greenwood collection of personal papers held by the University of Salford


www.library.salford.ac.uk/resources/special/Greenwood.xml

According to its Memorandum and Articles of Association the company was, amongst other things, established to "carry on the business of producers and promoters of electric cinematograph pictures, picture theatres, music halls, stage plays, operas, operettas, burlesque, vaudevilles, ballets, pantomimes, revues, concerts, spectacular pieces and bioscopic pictures". Wow.

The operations of Greenpark were relocated from Polperro to London in 1939 and Walter Greenwood developed the company during World War II as a producer of corporate and government films, which work it continued for almost the next fifty years. During this time many well-known writers and directors worked with Greenpark including Laurie Lee, Dylan Thomas, H.E. Bates and John Grierson.

From its early days Greenpark was a member of the small group of companies that made up the Film Producers Guild which was involved in setting the standard and style of British documentary film production that was adopted throughout the British Commonwealth.

Greenpark continued producing informational and corporate films for blue chip companies, such as BP, Shell, Taylor Woodrow etc into the 1970s, during which time, as other members of the Film Producers Guild went out of business, Greenpark took over the management of their archives.

In 1977 the company was acquired by David Morphet, an award-winning British documentary film producer/
director/writer, who continued to produce corporate films, videos and television documentaries until shortly before his death in 1997.

As a result of its rich creative history Greenpark has an archive of several million feet, including what is reputedly one of the best intact audio-visual footage archives of British social and industrial history covering the 1940s to the 1970s, as well as numerous other subjects relating to the UK and various other countries around the world. The archive is now being marketed as Greenpark Imges.

We are still researching the company's history and shall be adding to these pages as new information comes to light.