Sidney Gilliat was an English film director, producer and writer. He was the son of George Gilliat, editor of the Evening Standard between 1928–1933. Sidney was born in the district of Edgeley in Stockport, Cheshire. In the 1930s he worked as a scriptwriter, most notably with Frank Launder on The Lady Vanishes for Alfred Hitchcock, and Night Train to Munich, directed by Carol Reed. He and Launder made their directorial debut co-directing the home front drama Millions Like Us.