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Jeremy Thomas

Thomas at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Born 26 July 1949 (1949-07-26) (age 60)
London, England
Years active 1976 - present
Spouse(s) Eski Thomas

Jeremy Jack Thomas, CBE (born 26 July 1949) is a British film producer, founder of the Recorded Picture Company. He was the producer of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, which won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2006 he received European Film Award for Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema. His father was director Ralph Thomas (director of many of the Doctor films), while his uncle Gerald Thomas directed many of the Carry On Films.


Life and career

Cinema has always been a part of Thomas' life. He was born in London, England into a filmmaking family with his father, Ralph Philip Thomas,[1] and uncle, Gerald, both directors. His childhood ambition was to work in cinema. As soon as he left school he went to work in various positions, ending up in the cutting rooms working on films such as The Harder They Come, Family Life and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and worked through the ranks to become a film editor for Ken Loach on A Misfortune.

After editing Philippe Mora's Brother Can You Spare a Dime, he produced his first film Mad Dog Morgan in 1974 in Australia. He then returned to England to produce Jerzy Skolimowski's The Shout, which won the Grand Prix de Jury at the Cannes Film Festival.

Thomas’ films are all highly individual and his independence of spirit has paid off both artistically and commercially. His extensive output of over forty films includes three films directed by Nicolas Roeg: Bad Timing, Eureka and Insignificance, Julien Temple's The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, Nagisa Oshima's Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence, and The Hit directed by Stephen Frears.

In 1986 Thomas produced Bernardo Bertolucci’s epic, The Last Emperor, an independently financed project that was three years in the making. A commercial and critical triumph, the film swept the board at the 1987 Academy Awards, garnering an outstanding nine Oscars including Best Picture.

Thomas has since completed many films including Karel Reisz’s film of Arthur Miller’s screenplay Everybody Wins, Bertolucci's film of Paul BowlesThe Sheltering Sky, Little Buddha and Stealing Beauty, David Cronenberg’s films of William S. BurroughsNaked Lunch and J. G. Ballard’s Crash. In 1997 Thomas directed All The Little Animals, starring John Hurt and Christian Bale, which was in the official selection at Cannes. Other recent credits include Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast, Takeshi Kitano’s Brother (2000 film), Khyentse Norbu’s The Cup, Phillip Noyce’s Rabbit-Proof Fence, David Mackenzie’s film of Alexander Trocchi’s Young Adam, Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers, Terry Gilliam’s Tideland, Wim WendersDon’t Come Knocking, Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation and Gerald McMorrow’s Franklyn, starring Eva Green, Sam Riley and Ryan Phillippe. His latest film, Jon Amiel’s Creation (2009 film), about the life of Charles Darwin, with Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly in the leads, was the Opening Gala of the 2009 Toronto Film Festival.

In 1998, Thomas founded his international sales arm, Hanway Films, to service his own productions. Hanway has since expanded to sell third party projects as well as handling the libraries of many of the world's best-known filmmakers.

Thomas was Chairman of the British Film Institute from August 1992 until December 1997 and has been the recipient of many awards throughout the world, including the Michael Balcon Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema from BAFTA, and the European Film Award for Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema. He has been President of the jury at Tokyo Film Festival, San Sebastian Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival and Cannes Film Festival (Un Certain Regard) and has also served on the main jury at Cannes. He was made a Life Fellow of the British Film Institute in 2000.

Thomas was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honours.[2]



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