Jonathan Stedall


Born Prestwood, Bucks – January 20th 1938

Education – Cothill House and Harrow.

Early career included work as a stage manager in Rep at The Grand Theatre, Croydon; assistant film editor at Pinewood film studios; floor manager at TWW and ATV.

Author aged twenty-five.

Author aged twenty-five.

In 1961/63 made first films at TWW (Television Wales and the West) with John Betjeman and Gwyn Thomas. Joined BBC Television as producer/director in 1963 at the advent of BBC2.

In 1968 won British Film Academy (now BAFTA) Robert Flaherty Award for In Need of Special Care – a film about a Camphill school in Scotland for children with special needs (same film nominated for British Film Academy 'United Nations Award', along with its sequel about Botton Village – a Camphill community in Yorkshire for adults with special needs).

Nominated by BAFTA and by The Broadcasting Press Guild for 1985 series with Alan Whicker – Living with Uncle Sam.

Independent documentary film-maker since 1990.

Portrait of Jonathan Stedall

Drawing of author by Saied Dai

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