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JONATHAN GLAZER (Director/Screenwriter) Jonathan Glazer made his feature film debut with the critically acclaimed SEXY BEAST, starring Ray Winstone and Ben Kingsley. SEXY BEAST, set in the world of the British gangster, featured Kingsley in a role that earned him Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor. The film was also nominated for a BAFTA Award for Best British Film, the Best Foreign Film Award from the Independent Spirit Awards, and won Best British Independent Film, Best Actor (Ben Kingsley), Best Screenplay, and Best Director for Glazer at the British Independent Film Awards.

After completing a BA Honors degree in theater design and direction, the British-born Glazer began his career directing theater, editing film trailers, and making award-winning program ID's for the BBC.

In 1993 Glazer teamed up with producer Nick Morris at Academy Commercials, where he wrote and directed three short films, entitled MAD, POOL, and COMMISSION, before moving on to direct music videos and commercials. His work in the music video field includes promos for Massive Attack, Blur, Nick Cave, and the multi-award winning films for Radiohead and Jamiroquai.

In 1997 Glazer was named Director of the Year at the MTV Video Awards and Jamiroquai's "Virtual Insanity" was nominated for ten MTV awards. His video for UNKLE "Rabbit in Your Headlights" picked up a Silver for Outstanding Direction at Design & Art Direction (D & AD) Awards as well as an MVPA award for Best Foreign Video. 

Glazer has been responsible for some of the most acclaimed and innovative commercials of the nineties, which have been recognized with international awards. These include Nike's "Parklife”, Levis "Odyssey”, and two Guinness commercials "Swimblack” and "Surfer”. In the Channel 4 television program The 100 Greatest TV Ads, sponsored by London's Sunday Times, "Surfer” was voted the best advertisement ever by members of the British public. 

At the 2000 D & AD Awards, Guinness "Surfer” was awarded two Gold Awards for the Most Outstanding TV Commercial over 60 seconds. The coveted Gold Awards are very rarely awarded in any category and never in the entire history of D & AD has a commercial been awarded two.

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