Magazine article Screen International

Jeremy Thomas Feted by AMPAS in London

Magazine article Screen International

Jeremy Thomas Feted by AMPAS in London

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The crème de la crème of the British film industry turned out last night in central London for a glittering tribute to the legendary producer.

Veteran UK producer Jeremy Thomas was celebrated last night with a tribute by the Academy Of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) at the Curzon Soho cinema in central London.A glittering crowd of the UK's finest turned out to honour Thomas, who won the Academy Award in March 1988 for producing The Last Emperor, the first of his many collaborations with Bernardo Bertolucci.Tom Conti, who starred in Thomas' 1983 production Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, hosted the evening of spoken tributes, film clips, video messages and conversation covering his 40-year career.Thomas came from a top UK film industry pedigree. His father was Ralph Thomas, who famously directed the Doctor series of films starting in 1954 with Doctor In The House, and his uncle was Gerald Thomas, the man behind the Carry On films. His great uncle was Victor Saville, who produced and directed films in the US and UK such as Goodbye Mr Chips and The Silver Chalice.Having spent his childhood on sets and living around film studios, Thomas started his career in various positions in the editing department, working with the likes of Ken Loach who delivered a message through Conti that he recalled Thomas as "a good lad to have around."After editing Philippe Mora's Brother Can You Spare A Dime?, he made his first feature as a producer in Australia with Mora's Mad Dog Morgan starring Dennis Hopper in 1974, then returning to the UK to make The Shout with Jerzy Skolomowski in 1978. At a dinner for the prize-winners at Cannes, where The Shout won the grand jury prize, Thomas sat next to Nagisa Oshima. That meeting would lead to Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence.Working Title co-chairman Eric Fellner said that he sought out an introduction with Thomas in Cannes in the mid-eighties and eventually secured an invitation to his suite at the Carlton Hotel. It was, he recalls, as he had expected, a hive of activity, with Thomas associates Hercules Bellville and Chris Auty, Bertolucci and his wife Clare Peploe, Thomas' wife Eski and others among the throng. …

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