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Jack Gold is a British film and television director. He was part of the British Realist Tradition that followed Free Cinema. After leaving University College London (UCL) he began his career as an editor on BBC’s Tonight programme. Jack became a freelance documentary filmmaker, also making dramas as a platform for his social and political observations.
He is well known for having directed films such as; The Visit (1959), The National Health (1973), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Man Friday (1975), The Medusa Touch (1978), Charlie Muffin (1979) aka A Deadly Game (USA), The Chain (1985) and Escape From Sobibor (1987). His other works include the televised BBC/Lifetime version of The Merchant of Venice (1980) and Macbeth (1983) — the latter starring Nicol Williamson — as well as the rare but effective made-for-TV adaptation of Graham Greene’s The Tenth Man (1988), starring Anthony Hopkins, Aces High and Goodnight Mr Tom, Starring John Thaw. He also directed the final episode of Inspector Morse: “The Remorseful Day”.
His knowledge of all genres of film making is immeasurable. He developed a love for Ireland when he came to Sherkin in the early 1970s to direct the film Catholics (1973). During the course of his career Jack has received 6 BAFTAS, 2 GOLDEN GLOBES and the ITALIA PRIZE.