He was part of the British Realist tradition that followed Free Cinema movement.
Gold was born in London, and was educated at University College London. After leaving UCL, he began his career as an editor on the BBC’s Tonight programme.
Gold became a freelance documentary film maker, also making dramas as a platform for his social and political observations.
He is best known for having directed films such as; The Visit (1959), The National Health (1973), The Naked Civil Servant (1975), Man Friday (1975), Aces High (1976), The Medusa Touch (1978), Charlie Muffin (1979) aka A Deadly Game (USA), The Chain 1985 and Escape From Sobibor 1987.
His other works include the televised BBC/Lifetime version of The Merchant of Venice (1980) and Macbeth (1983) – the latter starring Nicol Williamson – as well as the rare but effective made-for-TV adaptation of Graham Greene’s The Tenth Man (1988), starring Anthony Hopkins. He also directed an award winning adaption of the 1987 children’s book Goodnight Mister Tom (1998) starring John Thaw.
Gold directed the final episode of Inspector Morse.
Other work includes the television drama series Kavanagh QC and The Brief.