Cinema has always been a part of Thomas' life. He was born in London, England(26 July 1949) into a filmmaking family with his father, Ralph Philip Thomas, 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.
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.
He has films by David Cronenberg, Terry Gilliam, Vincenzo Natali and Phillip Noyce upcoming, and recently premiered Takashi Miike's Thirteen Assassins and Jerzy Skolimowski's Essential Killing at the 2010 Venice International Film Festival.
Thomas was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2009 New Year Honors. In March 2010, at the opening address of the FT Business of Film Summit in Doha, Tarak Ben Ammar announced: "Where I think Arab money should be going to help finance the Jeremy Thomases of the world."
Why is Jeremy Thomas famous?
Jeremy Jack Thomas is a British film producer, founder of the Recorded Picture Company.
Why do we like Jeremy Thomas?
He was the producer of Bernardo Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, which won the 1988 Academy Award for Best Picture. In 2006 he received a 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.
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