Jack Gold

Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Jack Gold began working in the British film industry in 1955 and spent part of the next two decades honing his craft producing and directing specials for British television. He made his feature debut with the ... Read more »
Born: 06/28/1930 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (31)

The Remorseful Day 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Director

Goodnight Mister Tom 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Director

Into the Blue 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director

Heavy Weather 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Director

Spring Awakening 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Director

Graham Greene's "The Tenth Man" 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Director

Ball-Trap on the Cote Sauvage 1988 (Movie)

(Director)

Me and the Girls 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Director

The Chain 1984 (Movie)

(Director)

Red Monarch 1983 (Movie)

(Director)

Good and Bad at Games 1982 (Movie)

(Director)

Praying Mantis 1981 (Movie)

(Director)

Aces High 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

The Medusa Touch 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

The Sailor's Return 1977 (Movie)

(Director)

Man Friday 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Who? 1975 (Movie)

(Director)

Catholics 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Director

The National Health 1973 (Movie)

(Director)

The Bofors Gun 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

The Reckoning 1969 (Movie)

(Director)

Escape From Sobibor (TV Show)

Director

Little Lord Fauntleroy (TV Show)

Director

Murrow (TV Show)

Director

Praying Mantis (TV Show)

Director

Sakharov (TV Show)

Director

She Stood Alone (TV Show)

Director

Stones For Ibarra (TV Show)

Director

The Return of the Native (TV Show)

Director

The Rose and the Jackal (TV Show)

Director
Actor (2)

Lost Angels 1989 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

The Package 1989 (Movie)

Governor (Actor)
Music (1)

Billie 1964 (Movie)

songs("Lonely Little In-Between" "Funny Little Butterflies" "The Girl Is a Girl Is a Girl") (Song)
Producer (1)

The Medusa Touch 1977 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

The Medusa Touch 1977 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Jack Gold began working in the British film industry in 1955 and spent part of the next two decades honing his craft producing and directing specials for British television. He made his feature debut with the well-received war drama "The Bofors Gun" (1968) which demonstrated a flair for eliciting strong performances from actors and a command of camera technique. His subsequent features, however, failed to fully capitalize on this auspicious beginning. Nicol Williamson starred in "The Reckoning" (1969), a modest entry in the "angry young man" school of British filmmaking of the 50s and 60s. Gold's "The National Health" (1972), based on Peter Nichols' stage play, was an uneven comedy that betrayed its theatrical origins. "Man Friday" (1975) was an inversion of "Robinson Crusoe" played as a satiric fable about race relations and distorted by Peter O'Toole's miscasting. Gold wrote, directed and produced "The Medusa Touch" (1978), a wild amalgam of thriller and whodunit, an implausible tale of a man with the power to will someone to death (Richard Burton) and his relationship with a psychiatrist (Lee Remick) trying to cure him. By the end of the 80s, he was reduced to handling modest genre fare like the comedy "The Chain" (1985).

Milestones

1994

Directed the TV adaptation of Thomas Hardy's "The Return of the Native" (CBS)

1989

Last feature to date "Ball-Trap on the Cote Sauvage"

1987

Won Emmy nomination for direction of the based-on-fact TV-movie "Escape from Sobibor" (CBS)

1986

Directed the TV-movie biopic "Murrow" (HBO)

1984

Helmed the HBO made-for-cable movie "Sakharov"

1978

Wrote, directed and produced "The Medusa Touch"

1975

Helmed the TV-movie "The Naked Civil Servant", a Thames TV biopic of Quentin Crisp, starring John Hurt; won International Emmy Award

1973

US TV directorial debut, the controversial TV-movie "Catholics", starring Martin Sheen and Trevor Howard

1972

Directed "The Gangster Show" for BBC-2, an acclaimed adaptation of Bertolt Brecht's "The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui", starring Williamson

1968

Garnered acclaim for direction of "The Bofors Guns", starring Nicol Williamson

1955

Began career in British films

Produced and directed specials for British TV in the 1950s and 1960s

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