Jonathan Glazer

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Jonathan Glazer
Born 26 March 1965[1]
London, England
Nationality British
Known for Director of films, commercials and music videos

Jonathan Glazer (born 26 March 1965)[1] is an English filmmaker, whose directing work includes feature films, music videos and advertisements.


After studying theatre design at Nottingham Trent University, Glazer started out directing theatre and making film and television trailers, including award-winning work for the BBC. In 1993 he wrote and directed three short films of his own ("Mad", "Pool" and "Commission"), and joined Academy Commercials[where?]. He has directed popular campaigns for Guinness (Swimblack and Surfer) and Stella Artois (Devils Island). Since the mid-1990s he has directed a number of music videos, and was named MTV Director of the Year 1997. His work in these areas is often noted for its originality.

In 2000, he directed his first feature, the British gangster film Sexy Beast, starring Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley.[2] In 2004 he directed his second feature film Birth, starring Nicole Kidman, in the United States.

In 2001, Glazer directed the "Odyssey" spot for Levi Strauss Jeans.[3][4] In 2006, he directed the second Sony BRAVIA TV advertisement, which took 10 days and 250 people to film. It was filmed at an estate in Glasgow, and featured paint exploding all over the tower blocks.[5] Later the same year he was commissioned to make a television advert for the new Motorola Red phone. The advertisement, showing two naked black bodies emerging from a lump of flesh rotating on a potter's wheel, was due to air in September 2006 but was shelved by Motorola. The advertisement was to benefit several charities in Africa.

He most recently directed Under the Skin, a loose adaptation of Michel Faber's science fiction novel of the same name starring Scarlett Johansson. The film premiered at the 2013 Telluride Film Festival and received a theatrical released in 2014, garnering positive reviews.[6]


Music videos[edit]



  • Kodak: "Husband To Be"
  • Pretty Polly: "Linda 2"
  • Mazda: "Shock ff the New"
  • AT&T: "Chief Executive's Wife"
  • Club Med: "City"
  • AT&T: "Sales Director"
  • Nike: "Frozen Moment" (1996)
  • Nike: "Guerrilla Tennis"
  • Caffrey's: "New York"
  • Nike: "Parklife" (1997)
  • Guinness: "Surfer" (March 1999)
  • Guinness: "Swimblack" (May 1999)
  • Levi Strauss: "Kung Fu" (January 2000)
  • Stella Artois (January 2000):
    • "Last Orders"
    • "Devil's Island"
  • Volkswagen Polo: "Protection" (January 2000)
  • Wrangler: "Whatever You Ride" (May 2000)
  • Guinness: "Dreamer" (April 2001)
  • Levi Strauss: "Odyssey" (January 2002)
  • Barclays (January 2003):
    • "Evil"
    • "Bull"
    • "Chicken"
  • Band Aid 20 (December 2004):[7]
    • "Bar"
    • "Double Don"
    • "Rant"
    • "Razor"
  • Stella Artois: "Ice Skating Priests" (April 2006)
  • Sony BRAVIA: "Paint" (October 2006)
  • Motorola Red: "Clay" (unreleased) (December 2006)[8]
  • Sony 3D: "Kaka" (June 2010)[9]
  • Volkswagen Polo: "Last Tango in Compton" (November 2010)[10][11]
  • Audi: "The Ring" (August 2013)[12][13]


  1. ^ a b "Glazer, Jonathan 1965 -". BFI screenonline. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Sexy Beast". British Film Institute. Retrieved 21 July 2011. 
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  6. ^ McClintock, Pamela (3 November 2010). "Scarlett Johansson gets 'Under the Skin'". Variety. Retrieved 3 November 2010. 
  7. ^ Deans, Jason (2 December 2004). "Kingsley reprises Sexy Beast role for Band Aid ads". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  8. ^ "Jonathan Glazer's Motorola Red ad faces chop". Campaign (London). 16 November 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  9. ^ New Sony 3D TV advert featuring Kaka on YouTube
  10. ^ Sloan, Pat (12 November 2010). "Volkswagen and DDB UK launch epic new Polo campaign – Jonathan Glazer directs stunning "Last Tango in Compton"" (Press release). London: DDB UK. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  11. ^ Volkswagen – 'Last Tango in Compton' on YouTube
  12. ^ The Audi RS 6 Avant TV commercial on YouTube
  13. ^ "Audi 'The Ring' (Director's Cut) by Jonathan Glazer". Academy Films. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 

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