Recorded Picture Company
Recorded Picture Company (RPC) is an independent production company that makes feature films for worldwide theatrical release. Jeremy Thomas founded the London-based company in 1974, and remains Chairman. Its first production, The Shout directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, went on to win the Grand Prix de Jury at the Cannes Film Festival in 1978. Thomas has since produced or executive-produced over 50 films through RPC, of which all but one have obtained North American theatrical release.
RPC is a director-driven company, and has close relationships with a number of leading directors including Bernardo Bertolucci, Phillip Noyce, Terry Gilliam, Stephen Frears, David Cronenberg and Takeshi Kitano. Its films have achieved commercial success and critical acclaim, with the best-known being Bertolucci's The Last Emperor, winner of nine Academy Awards including 'Best Picture'. Other notable productions include Bertolucci's Stealing Beauty and Little Buddha, Cronenberg's Naked Lunch and Crash, Sexy Beast by Jonathan Glazer, Brother by Kitano, and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence by Nagisa Oshima. RPC's films have garnered numerous prizes at Cannes and other major festivals and awards ceremonies.
Jeremy Thomas later remembered forging the reputation of the company in the 1970s:
At the beginning I didn’t really understand what I was doing. I didn’t understand business terms and I probably didn’t understand taste or cultural terms, but it was about now I was beginning to refine what I was trying to do. I was trying to think what sort of films that I wanted to make, what sort of audiences I was trying to find. And I am the type of independent producer, I am looking for a film to make my next film and to make profits and successful films, but I am not working in the arena of super profits. I am not working in an industrialised process. I am making global films but not films for a globalised market.
Releases include Bertolucci’s The Dreamers, Terry Gilliam’s Tideland, Wim Wenders’ Don't Come Knocking, Richard Linklater’s Fast Food Nation, and Jon Amiel’s Creation, about the life of Charles Darwin starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly, which was the Opening Gala of the 2009 Toronto Film Festival. 2010 saw Takashi Miike's samurai epic 13 Assassins and Jerzy Skolimowski's Essential Killing had their world premieres In Competition at the Venice International Film Festival, with both films going on to feature in Official Selection at Toronto. In 2012, Miike's Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai premiered In Competition at the Cannes International Film Festival, the first 3D film ever to do so.
RPC's recent releases include David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method, starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel, which premiered at Venice and Toronto Film Festivals in 2012, and the Golden Globe and Oscar-nominated epic adventure Kon-Tiki by Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, based on Thor Heyerdahl's book. The company premiered Jim Jarmusch's vampire opus Only Lovers Left Alive starring Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, John Hurt and Jeffrey Wright In Competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, and is in post-production on the black comedy Dom Hemingway written and directed by Richard Shepard and starring Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Demián Bichir and Emilia Clarke. Upcoming titles include those from Stephen Frears, Julien Temple and Phillip Noyce. RPC's head of development Alainée Kent works closely on the slate with Thomas.
- Thomas, Jeremy; Lieberson, Sanford (2006-04-11). ""At the Cutting Edge" – Producer Jeremy Thomas, interviewed by producer Sandy Lieberson". Berlinale Talent Campus. Retrieved 2010-04-03.
- Ward, Audrey (2008-04-03). "Recorded Picture Company promotes Alainée Kent". Screen International. Retrieved 2010-04-03.
- Official site
- Recorded Picture Company at the Internet Movie Database
- Jeremy Thomas at the Internet Movie Database
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