Jack Lee (film Director)
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Jack Lee Film Director

Wilfred John Raymond "Jack" Lee (27 January 1913 - 15 October 2002) was a British film director, screenwriter, editor and producer.

Lee was born in the village of Slad near Stroud, Gloucestershire, the eldest brother of Laurie Lee, author of Cider with Rosie. In childhood, the two boys were close, but fell out in later life. Natural rivals, Jack gained a place at the grammar school (Marling School in Stroud), an advantage not granted to Laurie who went to Stroud Central School for Boys.[1]

Among Jack Lee's films are The Wooden Horse (1950),[2] a Second World War film; Turn the Key Softly (1953), a realistic drama; A Town Like Alice (1956), starring Virginia McKenna and Peter Finch, based on Nevil Shute's novel;[3] and Robbery Under Arms (1957), a Western-style adventure set in Australia, based on the 1888 novel by "Rolf Boldrewood". He served as chairman (1976-81) of the South Australian Film Corporation,[4] which started the careers of Bruce Beresford and Peter Weir.

Personal life

Lee was married twice, in 1946 to the British casting director Nora Francisca Blackburne (21 April 1914 - 7 July 2009), following her divorce from Adam Alexander Dawson.[5] They had two children before divorcing. In 1963, he married Isabel Kidman, and had two more children. He settled in Australia, and although he returned often to Britain he spent the rest of his life there, dying in Sydney, New South Wales, in 2002.


  1. ^ McFarlane, Brian. "Lee, (Wilfred) Jack Raymond". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/77340.(Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^ Profile, radiotimes.com; accessed 16 May 2016.
  3. ^ Profile, Halliwells Film 2007; ISBN 978-0-00-723470-7
  4. ^ The Making of an Australian Film The Age, 16 June 1976
  5. ^ "The way we were: my life in pictures", in The Times dated 23 August 2005

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