RICHARD JOBSON

 

At age 17 Richard Jobson was the front man for the Scottish Punk band The Skids, who had a string of hits in a 2 year period from 1979 to 1981, the biggest being the top 10 hit ‘Into The Valley’. The band was formed by Jobson and his friend Stuart Adamson who went onto create Big Country. Jobson went on to become part of the critically successful The Armoury Show before moving onto a long period of making spoken word poetry recordings for the Belgian label Crepescule including an adaptation of the Marguerite Duras novella ’10.30 On A Summer Night’. He recorded and wrote the memoir ’16 Years Of Alcohol’ in 1987 as well as the poetry book ‘A Man For All Seasons’.

 

In the early 1990’s he worked as a presenter on TV shows such as ‘01-For London’ a hip metropolitan arts guide that ran for five years and spawned his book ‘An Insider’s Guide To London’ as well as working with VH-1 on Music and film shows before moving onto a long period as SKY TV’s film critic and presenter of in depth discussion show ‘Movie Talk’. He produced his first film for Channel 4 with New York Satirist Joe Queenan, which was an adaptation of the writer’s legendary essay where he became ‘Micky Rourke For A Day’. He collaborated with Queenan again on a similar project this time based on Hugh Grant. He went onto produce ‘Just another Day in London’ which premiered at the London film Festival in 1996. He followed that film by producing ‘Tube Tales’ for SKY TV in 1999 which also premiered at The London Film Festival, before moving onto ‘Heartlands’, a film he made for Miramax. He directed an adaptation of his own book ’16 Years Of Alcohol’ in 2003 for Tartan Films. The film was a critical success and won the writer/director a variety of International awards and acclaim.

 

He quickly made ‘The Purifiers’ in 2004, a film he describes as a Kung Fu movie for kids, which premiered at The Edinburgh Film Festival. The film was picked up New Line in North America and has just been released and will be distributed in the UK by Redbus. He just finished his new film ‘A Woman In Winter’, which will be released by Tartan films and will premiere at The London Film Festival in October 2005. The film had a special charity screening in Edinburgh in August 2005 in front of the chancellor Gordon Brown. In early 2006 Jobson shot back to back thrillers ‘The New Town Killers’ followed by ‘The Ballad Of Jo Lim’.