Vadim Jean

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Vadim Jean (born Bristol, 9 December 1963)[1] is an English film director, producer, and executive producer.


After graduating with a degree in history from Warwick University, he found work on Mike Figgis' Stormy Monday, before establishing his own production company in 1989 covering a wide variety of subjects, from sport to corporate videos.[2]

He first came to public attention as a director when Leon the Pig Farmer won him the FIPRESCI International Critics' Prize at the 1992 Venice Film Festival, the Best Newcomer award from the London Critics' Circle, the Most Promising Newcomer at the Evening Standard British Film Awards, and the Chaplin Award for the best first feature from the Edinburgh International Film Festival.[1][3]

He repeated his critical success in 1999 when One More Kiss won the Audience Award at the Atlantic Film Festival, and was nominated for Best Film at the International Filmfest Emden.[1][3]

His Hollywood debut was Jiminy Glick in Lalawood starring Martin Short as his celebrity interviewing alter-ego, produced by Gold Circle films. The film also features Steve Martin and Kurt Russell as themselves. It was selected as the closing gala at the 2004 Toronto International Film Festival.

Most recently he directed In the Land of the Free... a feature documentary narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. It tells the story of three men known as the Angola Three who among them have spent over a century in solitary confinement in the Louisiana State penitentiary. It was nominated best documentary at the 2011 Evening Standard British Film Awards.[4]


Year Film Role
1992 Leon the Pig Farmer Director, producer
1994 Beyond Bedlam Producer, writer
1995 Clockwork Mice Director
1998 The Real Howard Spitz Director
1999 Just Desserts (TV) Director
1999 One More Kiss Producer, director
2003 The Virgin of Liverpool Producer
2004 Working the Thames (TV) Director
2004 Jiminy Glick in Lalawood Director
2006 Scenes of a Sexual Nature Executive producer
2006 Internal Executive producer
2006 Terry Pratchett's Hogfather (TV) Director, writer
2007 Oliviero Rising Writer
2008 The Colour of Magic (TV) Director, writer
2010 In the Land of the Free... Producer, director
2010 Terry Pratchett's Going Postal Executive producer
2010 Burns Director


  1. ^ a b c "Zip up your Rhino suit", Global Ideas Bank
  2. ^ "Vadim Jean", Mob film
  3. ^ a b Vadim Jean - Awards, IMDb
  4. ^ London Evening Standard, 5 January 2011

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