Brian Desmond Hurst (12 February 1895 – 26 September 1986) was a Belfast-born film director. Responsible for over 30 movies as director, Hurst was Ireland’s most prolific movie director during the 20th century.
Hurst was born Hans Hurst in Ribble Street, East Belfast"".into a working class family. Hurst attended the New Road School, a Public Elementary School, on the junction of the Newtownards Road and Hemp Street in East Belfast. The building still exists today and further information on this and the houses he lived in are detailed in the Belfast media legacy website “Black City”.
Brian Desmond Hurst’s father (Robert, senior) and brother (Robert, junior) were iron-workers in the Harland and Wolff shipyard. In August 1914, at the outbreak of World War I Hurst enlisted as a private in the British Army and changed his name from Hans to Brian soon afterwards. He saw service with the 6th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles at the battle of Chunuk Bair in Gallipoli… read more