Derek York, editor on such distinguished British pix as “A High Wind in Jamaica” and “Seance on a Wet Afternoon,” died Dec. 23 in Poole, Dorset, England, from prostate cancer. He was 66.
A full-fledged editor by age 24, York was closely associated with the “Free Cinema” movement of the ’50s, which included Lindsay Anderson, Karel Reisz and Tony Richardson.
Unlike them, York never directed a feature, though his short “Saturday Night,” with then-actor Bryan Forbes, led to his being hired as editor on “Seance” (1964), which Forbes directed and co-produced.
York’s other editing credits include “Life at the Top,” “Two Gentlemen Sharing,” “Son of Dracula” and “Inadmissible Evidence.” He later taught editing at London film schools, and spent time in LA. peddling screenplays, to little avail.
Survived by his longtime companion, Concepta Fennell, and his brother, Brian.