The Storms by Jeremy Thomas
The Storms by Jeremy Thomas, 2021.
Directed by Mark Cousins.
With Jeremy Thomas, Mark Cousins, Debra Winger, Tilda Swinton and Rebecca O’Brien.
Film historian Mark Cousins looks back on the life and work of film producer Jeremy Thomas, the driving force behind cinema for over thirty years.
There is no denying the influence of Jeremy Thomas on cinema. With films including Naked lunch, Blood and wine and Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence to its name, it is a career that speaks for itself. By checking the names of past associations such as Nicolas Roeg and David Cronenberg during his film, Mark Cousins attempts to illustrate how important this producer remains to cinema.
In a documentary that relies heavily on revisiting past glories through narrated clips and talking heads, The Storms by Jeremy Thomas still engaging stuff. Mark Cousins makes the connection between the creative choices and the conversations they share during a road trip to Cannes. In person, Jeremy Thomas is laid back, down-to-earth, and able to discuss a career most heavyweights in the industry would kill for.
In addition to evoking successes including that of Bernardo Bertolucci The last emperor, he remembers his involvement in films like Don Hemingway and Young Adam. There doesn’t seem to be a plan that connects the projects to each other, other than a teeming curiosity for storytelling. This means that the huckster element of her character, who comes out to secure distribution deals or fund future projects, is never far from the surface. For this reason, as a review of what it takes to do something anywhere, The Storms by Jeremy Thomas is priceless.
Mark Cousins draws on his vast knowledge of cinema to come up with impromptu examples, which seamlessly provide visual or other context. There is a real friendship and respect that shines through their exchanges on the road to Cannes, while the talking heads of Debra Winger and Tilda Swinton speak of her generosity and resourcefulness. In the final stages, this film also addresses a period of personal crisis, where this force of nature had to face its own mortality.
At such times he is frank in his assessment of the road ahead. To some extent, this revelation highlights everything, giving perspective to his accomplishments in light of such dire revelations. What he also provides is an adrenaline rush, which allows him to grab a second chance with both hands and move forward. As a result, in the years that followed, he played a key role in funding the projects of Ben Wheatley and Terry Gilliam, two filmmakers on seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum creatively.
What stands out most strongly, however, aside from his genuine passion for filmmaking, is an innate love of neglected projects. Movies that tackle important social issues, tackle predominant contemporary moments, or are just great scripts that need support. That being said, the public is likely to feel that these Storms by Jeremy Thomas, are most often meteorological fronts of its own making.
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