Take a trip through the mind of one of film’s most prolific producers.
For decades, legendary film producer Jeremy Thomas has driven from England to the Cannes Film Festival. This time, he’s joined by acclaimed filmmaker and cinematographer Mark Cousins.
On their intimate, visual five-day road movie through rural France, they remember some of the most acclaimed and controversial films ever made: The Last Emperor, which won nine Oscars for Thomas when he was still in his 30s, including Best Picture; David Cronenberg’s Crash with its Cannes scandal; and the masterpiece of sexual obsession, Bad Timing. Thomas introduces us to his remarkable world of movie stars – Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, David Bowie – and daring international cinema, influenced by punk and counter-culture. The journey is intercut with acclaimed actors Tilda Swinton and Debra Winger, who give exclusive insights into the man and his work.
Illustrated with a dazzling range of film clips and rich in insights about creativity and survival, The Storms of Jeremy Thomas is a road movie portrait of France, a film school and – in the era of streaming and corporatisation – a passionate call to arms for movies that get to the heart of life.
Nominated for the L’Œil d’or (Golden Eye) award for documentaries at Cannes Film Festival 2021.