Jo Durden-Smith

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Jo Durden-Smith
Born John Antony Durden-Smith
(1941-12-24)24 December 1941
Pinner, Middlesex, England
Died 10 May 2007(2007-05-10) (aged 65)
London, England
Occupation filmmaker, author, journalist
Spouse(s) Diana DeSimone (divorced)
Yelena Zagrevskaya (1989-2007; his death)
Children 1

Jo Durden-Smith[1] (24 December 1941 – 10 May 2007) was a British documentary film maker. His work included The Doors are Open, The Stones in the Park, Johnny Cash at St Quentin, and, later, television work Russian Godfathers on the Russian oligarchs.

His books included Who Killed George Jackson?, on the Black Panthers.


He was educated at Haileybury and Merton College, Oxford.[2] He worked for World in Action, Granada TV's documentary team, where his rock films were made.

Subsequently, he lived in New York, and then Moscow. He was a columnist for The Moscow Times until 1997.

His younger brother was the actor Richard Durden and his half-brother was the broadcaster Neil Durden-Smith.


  • Who Killed George Jackson?
  • Sex and the Brain (1983) with Diane DeSimone
  • Russia: a long-shot romance (1994)
  • Mafia (2002)
  • 100 most infamous criminals (2003)
  • The Essence of Buddhism (2004)
  • Nostradamus and Other Prophets and Seers (2005)


  1. ^ John Anthony Durden-Smith.
  2. ^ Levens, R.G.C., ed. (1964). Merton College Register 1900-1964. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. p. 522. 

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