Published on: 14 August 2015 in Directors UK

A sad week as two legendary directors pass away

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We were sad to hear the news that legendary directors, Jack Gold and Herbert Wise both passed away last week. Both Jack and Herbie had long and distinguished careers in film and television, winning numerous awards and directing a number of landmark films and series. They were also both committed and admired members of Directors UK.

Our thoughts are with their families, they will be much missed.

Jack Gold

Jack Gold was the Bafta-winning director of confrontational documentaries and touching dramas, including Goodnight Mister Tom. The Independent have written a comprehensive and touching overview of his life and career that you can read here; "Winner of two Emmys, a Golden Globe, three Baftas, two Aces, the Martin Luther King Award, the Prix Italia, two Peabodys and two Monte Carlos, Jack Gold's career was a triumph of integrity. There will always be an audience and a need for the kind of films he made for television."

There are also personal recollections from friends of Jack's in the Guardian which you can read here and here.

Jack Gold, television and film director: born 28 June 1930; died 9 August 2015.

Herbert Wise

Herbie Wise was a Bafta-winning and Emmy-nominated director whose credits included celebrated British television programmes and films including I, Claudius, Z Cars, Upstairs Downstairs, The Norman Conquests, Rumpole of the Bailey, Breaking the Code, and both The Woman in White and The Woman in Black. He also served on the Directors UK board.

Herbie is perhaps best know for his work directing all 13 episodes of the legendary miniseries I, Claudius which starred Derek Jacobi and John Hurt and was noted by one critic as “the high point of debauchery”. He also directed Richard Burton in The Gathering Storm, Albert Finney in Pope John Paul II and Danny Kaye in Skokie.

You can read more about Herbie's life and career in this Guardian obituary.

Herbert Wise, stage, television and film director: born 31 August 1924; died 5 August 2015

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