Jeremy Jack Thomas is an English film producer. He is the founder and chairman of the Recorded Picture Company. Jeremy was born in London into a family that had directors like Ralph Philip Thomas, his father and Gerald Thomas, his uncle. Therefore cinema ran in Jeremy’s blood ever since childhood, and it was very early in his growing years that Jeremy decided to work in the film industry. He began his career by working in movies such as Family Life, The Harder They Come, and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. He also worked as an editor in the movies A Misfortune by Ken Loach, and Brother, Can you Spare a Dime? by Philippe Mora.
Mad Dog Morgan was the first film that Jeremy produced in 1974 in Australia. After that, there has been no looking back. He then went on to invest in numerous movies like Eureka, Bad Timing, and Insignificance, all directed by the director Nicolas Roeg. He has also produced The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle by Julien Temple; Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence by Nagisa Oshima; and Stephen Frears’s The Hit. He has produced The Shout, directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, a movie that won the prestigious Grand Prix de Jury Award at the Cannes Film Festival. Bernardo Bertolucci’s epic movie The Last Emperor that won nine Oscars at the 1987 Academy Awards was also produced by Jeremy Thomas.
He premiered Essential Killing by Jerzy Skolimowski at the Venice Film Festival in the year 2010 and the movie won three prizes, along with the Jury Prize. Other films produced by Jeremy Thomas include Everybody Wins by Karel Reisz, Let Him Have It by
Peter Medak, Naked Lunch by
David Cronenberg, Victory by Mark Peploe, etc. He has also produced movies like The Sheltering Sky, Little Buddha and Stealing Beauty, all directed by Bernardo Bertolucci. All The Little Animals released in the year 1998 is both directed and produced by Jeremy Thomas. He founded the HanWay Films in 1998, that went on to become the international sales mechanism to service his own productions.
Thomas Jeremy has worked as the Chairman of The British Film Institute for five years ranging from August 1992 to December 1997. Throughout his career, Jeremy has been an honorable recipient of some prestigious awards like the Michael Balcon Award from BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, and the European Film Award in the category of Outstanding European Achievement in
World Cinema. Another notable achievement of Jeremy Thomas has been his position as the President of the Jury at many film festivals, including those held in Tokyo, Berlin, and Cannes. He was also the President of the Jury at the Sebastian Film Festival. In the year 2000, Jeremy Thomas was chosen by the British Film Institute as the Life Fellow. In 2009, he was elected as the Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Recent productions by Jeremy Thomas include movies like Tale of Tales by
High Rise by Ben Wheatley, Richard Shepard’s Don Hemingway, Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive, etc.