Tom Jeffrey AM
Tom Morven Jeffrey
26 September 1938
|Occupation||Film and television producer and director|
|Employer||ABC Australia, British Broadcasting Corporation|
Tom Morven Jeffrey(born 26 September 1938) is an Australian film and television producer and director. He worked at the ABC and BBC, becoming an ABC drama director in the late 1960s. In 1971 he became head of the Producers and Directors Guild of Australia. He was also a consultant on the Experimental Film Fund and on the Film, Radio and Television Board of the Australian Council for the Arts.
From the early 1980s he stopped directing and concentrated on producing.
Jeffrey was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 1981 Australia Day Honours.
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