Identified by the acronym DGGB, the directors’ guild of Great Britain was born in 1983 as an organization that allowed them to have a professional representation that they did not have within the technical unions existing at the time.
Representatives of many important communication media belonged to this union, among which stood out: cinema, radio, television, theater and others, such as opera, documentary, commercial, musical creations or any other type of film.
The Guild of Directors of Great Britain began to gain ground and become an independently acting union, known as a non-profit society; but directly linked to the directors that made up the charitable arm of this guild, called Directors Guild Trust, which was founded in 1985.
The Trust, with its headquarters in the central part of London, represents since its creation a support to encourage the appreciation on the part of the public of all the art and the originality of the creations of British directors; through its presentation within educational events, monuments and all kinds of commotions.
What is the purpose of this Directors Guild?
Once this union was founded, the directors had an independent voice that would represent them in terms of working conditions and remuneration.
Companies such as the rights of directors and producers began to be established immediately, which began strikes in favor of labor improvements and by the year 2000 reaching alliances such as those reached with BECTU, which represented the radio broadcasting, entertainment, theater and other union. television stations, as well as production companies.
Already in 2008, the Society for the Rights of Directors and Producers identified as DPRS, began to be its main entity of negotiation at a commercial level, for the defense of all those directors who were part of the British media.
This guild based in the city of London had as its purpose the defense, understanding and respect of the work that was carried out by each of the directors who were registered in its organization; supporting this type of art before the industry, as well as in front of the general public.
Category of its members
The members who were part of the Guild of Directors of Great Britain, could enter as professionals, if they had at least two creations within which they were principal directors; but they could also be associates, in which case if they had professional credits, they worked for this type of industry within the UK.
The Guild of Directors of Great Britain, as part of its incentive to publicize the work of the professionals who were associated with them, during 25 years they awarded 10 prizes recognized as “Lifetime Achievement Awards” in addition to holding two large-scale ceremonies to publicize these deserved tributes.
From 1993 to 2005, these awards were awarded consecutively, overlooking the year 2000 and among the winners, names such as: Fred Zinnemann, Roy Boutting, Joan Litlewood, Christopher Morahan, Sir Richard Eyre, Alan Parker, Stanley stood out. Kubrick, Peter Brook John Schlesinger, Sir Trevor Nunn, and Sam Mendes.
The Blue Plates The Trust
As mentioned above, under the name of the Directors Guid Trust was the body that provided support to the activities carried out by the directors’ union in order to promote knowledge of the work of this type of professionals.
The Trust created a blue plaque within which was recognized the memory of prominent members of the directors’ union from 2005 to 2013 and with names such as: Michael Powell, Alexander Makendrick, David Lean, Brian Desmond Hurst, John Schlesinger, and Joan Littewood.
Each of these directors who received the blue plaque stood out in film, television or theater, representing Great Britain’s Guild of Directors.