Jack Gold

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Jack Gold (28 June 1930 – 9 August 2015) was a British film and television director. He was part of the British realist tradition which followed the Free Cinema movement.[1]


Gold was born in London, son of Charles and Minnie (née Elbery) Gold.[2] He attended University College London. After leaving UCL, he began his career as a film editor on the BBC's Tonight programme. Gold became a freelance documentary film maker, making dramas as a platform for his social and political observations.[citation needed]

For television, his best known work is The Naked Civil Servant (1975), based on Quentin Crisp's 1968 book of the same name and starring John Hurt.[3]

Other television credits include The Visit (1959), the BBC Television Shakespeare productions of The Merchant of Venice (1980) and Macbeth (1983) - the latter starring Nicol Williamson - as well as the made-for-TV adaptation of Graham Greene's The Tenth Man (1988), starring Anthony Hopkins and Charlie Muffin (1979, USA: A Deadly Game). He also directed an award winning-adaption of the 1987 children's book Goodnight Mister Tom (1998) by Michelle Magorian, featuring John Thaw in the lead. He also directed films such as The National Health (1973), Man Friday (1975), Aces High (1976), The Medusa Touch (1978), The Chain (1985) and Escape From Sobibor (1987).[3]

Gold directed the final episode of ITV's television detective drama Inspector Morse. Other work includes the television drama series Kavanagh QC and The Brief.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Gold married actress Denyse Alexander (nee Macpherson) in 1957, with whom he shared a birthday - she was born in 1932. The couple had three children: Jamie, Nicholas and Kathryn.[2] Gold's nephew Ricky Paull Goldin is an actor.



  1. ^ Purser, Philip (11 August 2015). "Jack Gold obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Jack Gold profile". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 11 August 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c Jack Gold at the Internet Movie Database

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