Jack Lee (film director)

Jack Lee (film director)

Jack Lee (27 January 191315 October 2002) was a film director, writer, editor and producer.

Wilfred John Raymond Lee was born in the village of Slad near Stroud in Gloucestershire. Among his films are "The Wooden Horse" (1950) [www.radiotimes.com [http://www.radiotimes.com/servlet_film/com.icl.beeb.rtfilms.client.simpleSearchServlet?searchText=Jack%20Lee&pseudonym=&searchTypeSelect=12] ] , a Second World War film; "A Town like Alice" (1956), starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch, based on Neville Shute's novel [Halliwells Film 2007 ISBN-13: 978-0007234707] ; and "Robbery Under Arms" (1957), a Western-style adventure set in Australia, based on the 1888 novel by "Rolf Boldrewood". He set up and served as chairman (1976-1981) of the South Australian Film Commission (now part of the national Australian Film Commission), which started the careers of Bruce Beresford and Peter Weir.

Jack Lee was the eldest brother of Laurie Lee, author of "Cider with Rosie", but the two were never on good terms. The rivalry may have started when Jack was sent to grammar school (Marling School in Stroud), an advantage not granted to Laurie [ [http://www.oxforddnb.com DNB] ] . He was married two times, in 1946 to Nora Dawson (nee Nora Francisca Blackburne) after her divorce from Adam Alexander Dawson [The way we were: my life in pictures, The Times August 23, 2005] , and in 1963 to Isabel Kidman, and had two children. He returned frequently to England but spent the rest of his life in Australia, and died in Sydney in 2002.


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