Murray Grigor is a Scottish writer, film-maker and exhibition designer, born in Inverness. His first film on Charles Rennie Mackintosh won 5 international awards and helped re-establish the reputation of the great architect.
In 1976, Grigor created nearly a dozen films for Hans Hollein's opening exhibition of the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, "Man Transforms." He was awarded a UK/US Bicentennial Fellowship in the Arts to research a film on the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright.
After leaving the BBC in 1967 as a film editor he wrote and directed Mackintosh and has since then made more than 50 films in the arts and architecture. He directed the Edinburgh International Festival from 1967 to 1972.
Grigor has made a number of humorous polemical films including Big Banana Feet, documenting the 1975 Irish tour of Billy Connolly and "Scotch Myths" 1982 for Channel 4 with Barbara Grigor, based on their provocative touring exhibition on Scottish kitsch at the Crawford Centre in St Andrews and the Edinburgh Festival.
In 1984 - 6, Mr. Grigor directed the 8-part one-hour television series "Pride of Place" with Robert A.M. Stern, produced by Michael Gill and Stephany Marks which was broadcast on PBS. That series was highly acclaimed and dealt with American architecture thematically.
In 1997 he directed the WETA series "Face of Russia" for PBS with James Billington, Librarian of Congress, produced by Georgina Denison and Michael Gill
Grigor's films on architects and artists have included the multi award winning Frank Lloyd Wright with the architect's granddaughter Anne Baxter, for which Grigor received a Citation of Excellence from the American Institute of Architecture, the first ever to be awarded to a film-maker; "The Hand of Adam" on the architecture of Robert Adam, 1975 and "Space and Light" 1972 on St Peter's Seminary, Cardross, the modernist seminary by Isi Metzstein and Andy MacMillan for Gillespie Kidd and Coia; "The Architecture of Carlo Scarpa" 1995 with Richard Murphy (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Murphy_(architect) - 22k) which opened the Montréal Festival du Films surl'Art; E.P. Sculptor on the art of Eduardo Paolozzi which won the Rodin prize at the 1992 Paris Biennale; "Nineveh on the Clyde" on the architecture of Glasgow's Alexander "Greek" Thomson 1999 which won awards at Montréal and from Europa Nostra at Toblach, Italy. He has directed two films for the Checkerboard Foundation in New York. "In Search of Clarity" 1995 on the architecture of Gwathmey Siegel and "English Architect - American Legacy" on Sir John Soane's influence on such contemporary architects as Philip Johnson, Richard Meier, Michael Graves, Henry Cobb, Robert Stern, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown,2005.
He was the first film-maker to be made an Honorary Member of the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland and the Royal Institute of British Architects.
'Being a Scot', his collaboration with Sir Sean Connery on shared aspects of Scottish culture, was launched in August 2008 at the Edinburgh Book Festival. 'Infinite Space', on the architecture of John Lautner opened on September 2008 at the Billy Wilder Theater, Los Angeles, next to the Hammer Gallery's exhibition on the architect's life work, for which Grigor directed seven film loops. This exhibition, 'Between Earth and Heaven' transferred to the Glasgow Lighthouse in March 2009, as its only European venue.