Jamie Thraves

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Jamie Thraves
Born James Thraves
(1969-08-06) 6 August 1969 (age 46)
Romford, Essex, England
Nationality British
Occupation Film writer and director
Years active 1989–present

Jamie Thraves (born James Thraves, 6 August 1969 in Romford, Essex) is a British film writer and director.[1]


Thraves began making early short experimental films in 1989 at the University of Hull, having previously studied illustration. His graduation films Scratch (1991) and The Take-Out (1993), made under the BFI New Directors scheme, both went on to win numerous awards at short film festivals worldwide. He joined the Royal College of Art in 1993 where he made another award winning film The Hackney Downs (1994).


After leaving the RCA he joined Oil Factory, a music video company, making his breakthrough video for Radiohead for their song "Just" where a man played by Dorian Lough is lying on the pavement and is confronted by an angry crowd, this video garnered Thraves a lot of attention for its strong narrative structure and use of subtitles, what the man says to make the crowd lie down at the end of the video still manages to cause great discussion amongst fans some fifteen years later. Thraves made one more short film I Just Want To Kiss You (1997), starring Martin Freeman which won the Fox Searchlight Award for Best Short Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 1998.

Thraves made his first feature, The Low Down (2000), with Film 4. It starred Aidan Gillen, Kate Ashfield and Dean Lennox Kelly. The film was named among the "neglected masterpieces" of film history by The Observer in its rundown of 50 Lost Movie Classics.[2] Thraves has continued to make music videos for such artists as The Lightning Seeds, Neneh Cherry, Athlete, Gomez, The Verve, Travis, Goldie, Blur, Manic Street Preachers, Idlewild, Mansun, Coldplay, KT Tunstall and Razorlight. His video for Coldplay's "The Scientist" won three Moon Men at the 2003 VMA'S in the US, including Best Direction and Breakthrough Video.

His second feature, The Cry of the Owl (2009), an international co-production with BBC Films, starred Paddy Considine and Julia Stiles. It was based on the novel of the same name by Patricia Highsmith.

His third feature film, Treacle Jr. (2010), reunited him with Aidan Gillen. At the film's world premiere at the 21st Dinard British Film Festival it won the Hitchcock D'Or - Grand Jury Prize. Thraves reportedly remortgaged his house to make the film. Treacle Jr. had its UK Premiere at the 54th BFI London Film Festival. Time Out said of Treacle Jr.: "Funny, touching and gritty, this coolly rendered observation on need and rejection really is a Brit drama to shout about".[3]

Music videos[edit]



  • Scratch (1991)
  • The Take Out (1994)
  • The Hackney Downs (1995)
  • I Just Want to Kiss You (1998)
  • The Low Down (2000)
  • Negative (2001)
  • In The Country Of The Young (2003) Screenplay
  • House Arrest (2005) Screenplay
  • The Cry of the Owl (2009)
  • Treacle Jr. (2010)


  1. ^ Ryan Gilbey. "Jamie Thraves: Life is bittersweet | Film". The Guardian. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "50 Lost Movie Classics | Film | The Observer". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Treacle Jr &#124". Time Out. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 

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