For decades, legendary film producer Jeremy Thomas has driven from England to the Cannes film festival. This time he’s joined by acclaimed filmmaker Mark Cousins.
On their intimate, visual five-day road movie through rural France, they remember some of the most acclaimed and controversial films ever made: The Last Emperor, which won nine Oscars for Thomas when he was still in his 30s; David Cronenberg’s Crash and its Cannes scandal; the masterpiece of sexual obsession, Bad Timing. Thomas introduces us to his remarkable world of movie stars – Marlon Brando, Jack Nicholson, David Bowie – and daring international cinema, influenced by punk and counter-culture. The journey is intercut with acclaimed actors Tilda Swinton and Debra Winger, who give exclusive insights into the man and his work.
Illustrated with a dazzling range of film clips and rich in insights about creativity and survival, The Storms of Jeremy Thomas is a road movie portrait of France, a film school and – in the era of streaming and corporatisation – a passionate call to arms for movies that get to the heart of life.