Jonathan Glazer

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Jonathan Glazer
Born (1965-03-26) 26 March 1965 (age 55)

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


Jonathan Glazer was born into a Jewish family in London, and studied in a Jewish school.[2] 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, a production company based in London. He has directed popular campaigns for Guinness (Swimblack and Surfer) and Stella Artois (Devil's Island). Since the mid-1990s he has directed a number of music videos, and was named MTV Director of the Year 1997. He named his video for Radiohead's 1996 single "Street Spirit" as a "turning point" in his work: "I knew when I finished that, because [Radiohead] found their own voices as an artist, at that point, I felt like I got close to whatever mine was, and I felt confident that I could do things that emoted, that had some kind of poetic as well as prosaic value. That for me was a key moment."[3]

In 2000, he directed his first feature, the British gangster film Sexy Beast, starring Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley.[4] 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.[5][6] 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.[7] 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.

In 2013 he 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 release in 2014, garnering positive, sometimes ecstatic reviews.[8] Under the Skin is the subject of a 2019 non-fiction book entitled Alien in the Mirror: Scarlett Johansson, Jonathan Glazer and Under the Skin by author Maureen Foster, an in-depth analysis of the film scene-by-scene and behind-the-scenes. [9]


Music videos[edit]

Feature films[edit]

Short films[edit]

  • The Fall (2019)
  • Strasbourg 1518 (2020)




  1. ^ "Glazer, Jonathan 1965 -". BFI screenonline. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  2. ^ Leigh, Danny (6 March 2014). "Under the Skin: why did this chilling masterpiece take a decade?". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 April 2015.
  3. ^ Anthony Kaufman (12 June 2001). "Shooting the "Beast"; Jonathan Glazer Tames the Gangster Genre". indieWIRE. Archived from the original on 13 December 2007. Retrieved 8 January 2008.
  4. ^ "Sexy Beast". British Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2 August 2011. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 18 October 2006. Retrieved 24 October 2006.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ "Levis Engineered Jeans in Odyssey". The Inspiration Room.
  7. ^ [1] Archived 19 October 2006 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ McClintock, Pamela (3 November 2010). "Scarlett Johansson gets 'Under the Skin'". Variety. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Alien in the Mirror – McFarland". Retrieved 30 November 2019.
  10. ^ Deans, Jason (2 December 2004). "Kingsley reprises Sexy Beast role for Band Aid ads". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  11. ^ "Jonathan Glazer's Motorola Red ad faces chop". Campaign. London. 16 November 2006. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  12. ^ New Sony 3D TV advert featuring Kaka on YouTube
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Volkswagen – 'Last Tango in Compton' on YouTube
  15. ^ The Audi RS 6 Avant TV commercial on YouTube
  16. ^ "Audi 'The Ring' (Director's Cut) by Jonathan Glazer". Academy Films. Retrieved 20 February 2014.
  17. ^ Kevin Jagernauth (30 September 2015). "Watch: Channel 4's Surreal And Beautiful New Brand Identi - The Playlist". The Playlist.

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