Chancellor Talk to feature Jeremy Thomas

Oscar-winning producer to discuss life, cinema, dreams

Date posted

6 June 2016


THE Oscar-winning producer behind some of the world’s most respected movies is to give an Edinburgh audience a very personal insight into his highly-acclaimed work.

Jeremy Thomas - whose CV includes The Last Emperor, Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, Crash, Sexy Beast and Young Adam - will be the subject of Edinburgh Napier University’s second Chancellor Talk.

Thomas will discuss his inspirations and ambitions with the University’s Chancellor, Dr David Eustace, in a free to attend event at the stunning Lindsay Stewart Theatre at the Craiglockhart Campus on Monday 20 June.


Aged only 38, Thomas independently produced Bertolucci’s epic The Last Emperor, about the life of the last Emperor of China, which won nine Oscars - including Best Picture - at the Academy Awards. 

His extensive output includes The Great Rock’n’Roll Swindle starring the Sex Pistols through to Jonathan Glazer’s Sexy Beast, and most recently the JG Ballard adaptation High-Rise by Ben Wheatley and Tale of Tales by Matteo Garrone. He is without question the leading man in the independent movie scene. 

Thomas’s rich and varied career has seen him work with giants of cinema, including directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Nicolas Roeg, David Cronenberg, Wim Wenders, Stephen Frears amongst many others, and actors including Dennis Hopper, Gene Hackman, Marlon Brando, Johnny Depp, John Hurt, Terence Stamp, Tilda Swinton, Peter O’Toole, John Malkovich, Harvey Keitel, David Bowie, Susannah York, Ben Kingsley, Jeremy Irons, Willem Dafoe, Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Tom Hiddleston, Eva Green, Michael Fassbender, Tim Roth, Alan Bates, Tom Conti and a young Christian Bale.

Thomas was Chairman of the British Film Institute from 1992 until 1997. He was also honoured by BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, and received the European Film Award for Outstanding European Achievement in World Cinema.

Jeremy Thomas said: “I'm delighted to come to Edinburgh Napier University to talk with David Eustace, who I met at a mutual friend's birthday celebration on a beach near Marseille, and we talked about the love of cinema and the moving image that we both share. I look forward to continuing our conversation, including students and those who love cinema.”

Thomas’s appearance at Edinburgh Napier on June 20, which will feature clips of his work, follows the successful launch of the Chancellor Talk events with a lecture by legendary graphic designer and publisher Milton Glaser in March. 

The series is the brainchild of the University’s Chancellor, David Eustace, who first attended the University in his late twenties and used his degree as a platform to build a career as an award winning-photographer and creative consultant.

Dr Eustace said: “At Edinburgh Napier University, we hope to give students, staff and the wider community access to people who have made a difference to our cultural world. Jeremy Thomas is one of those figures; a respected movie producer who often made things happen when others told him it wasn’t possible. 

“On a personal level I’m just delighted to once again enjoy the company of the man who, in The Last Emperor, created one of my all-time favourite movies.”

Doors will open at 6pm on Monday 20 June with the conversation beginning at 6.30pm, followed by a Question and Answer session then a drinks reception in the main foyer at Craiglockhart at 7.45pm.

The event is currently full but register here to take advantage of any cancellations