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date: 30 November 2021

Smedley, Nicholas John free

Smedley, Nicholas John free

Born 23 Nov. 1959; s of Albert Glyn Smedley and Barbara Mary (née Sansom); partner, 1983, Kate Jennings

educational consultant and film historian


UCL (BA 1st cl. Hons (Hist.) 1981); Birkbeck Coll., London (PhD (Hist.) 1992)


Lord Chancellor’s Department: Admin. trainee, 1981–84; HEO, 1984–86; Grade 7, 1986–88; freelance advr to Dir, BFI, 1988–92; Dir, HR, PRO, 1992–94; Grade 7, Ct Service HQ, 1994–96; Grade 5, Dir Crown Ct Ops, 1996–99; Grade 3, Chief Exec., Public Trust Office, 1999–2001; Dir, Criminal Justice, LCD, then DCA, 2001–04; Dir, Asylum and Diversity, 2004–05, Diversity, 2005–06, DCA; on secondment as Res. Dir, Prince of Wales’s Charities Office, 2006–08. Dir, Rosemary Works Sch., 2012–


The Dead Locust (novella), 2008; A Divided World: Hollywood cinema and émigré directors in the era of Roosevelt and Hitler, 1933–1948, 2011; The Roots of Modern Hollywood: the persistence of values in American cinema from the New Deal to the present day, 2014; (with Tom Sturges) Preston Sturges: the last years of Hollywood’s first writer-director, 2019; Preston Sturges: the events leading up to his death (play), 2020; articles on Hollywood film hist.; booklets on British film and TV


opera, ballet, theatre, cinema, travel