Vadim Jean

Director

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Film, TV & Theatre

Agent: Anthony Jones
Assistant: Danielle Walker

Film, TV & Theatre

In 2010 Vadim helmed In the Land of the Free... a feature documentary about a miscarriage of justice in Louisiana narrated by Samuel L Jackson, a co-production between his own company, the Mob and Gold Circle films (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) which was nominated Best Documentary at the London Evening Standard Awards in 2011. 

Vadim made his American feature directorial debut with Jiminy Glick in Lalawood for Gold Circle Films, starring Martin Short as Jiminy Glick from his Comedy Central TV show.   The cast also includes Elizabeth Perkins, Kurt Russell, Steve Martin and Rob Lowe.  The film was selected as the Closing Night Gala premiere at 2004’s Toronto film festival and on its US release, terrific reviews in Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and the New York Times.

In TV Vadim is best known as the writer and director of the multi BAFTA and RTS award winning Terry Pratchett Discworld adaptations for Sky, including The Colour of Magic (Sean Astin, Tim Curry and Jeremy Irons) and Hogfather (Sir David Jason, Joss Ackland and Ian Richardson) which remains the highest rating show on Sky1 of all time.

His first movie, Leon the Pig Farmer won the Chaplin Award for best feature at the Edinburgh Film Festival and the International Critics Prize at Venice.

The emotional drama Clockwork Mice starring Ian Hart (Backbeat, Land & Freedom), Art Malik (True Lies), and Nigel Planer (Brazil, The Young Ones) was Vadim's third film in three years.

In 1998, he directed The Real Howard Spitz starring Kelsey Grammer (Frasier, Cheers) and Amanda Donohoe (The Madness of King George, Liar, Liar). It tells the story of a failed detective novelist who turns to writing children’s books even though he hates kids!

His fifth feature, One More Kiss, is a love story set in the North of England and which gave Gerard Butler his first leading role in a movie. 

His occasional dip of the toe into producing also saw him exec produce Scenes of a Sexual Nature starring Ewan McGregor, Sophie Okenado, Mark Strong and Adrian Lester.

Vadim is also an established commercials director winning Gold at Cannes for his Cancer Research UK campaign and his VW Cuckoo film for DDB Berlin is the most highly awarded VW commercial of all time.

But almost more exciting than anything… he was a finalist in the 2011 University Challenge Christmas Special on BBC2 representing Warwick University and successfully managed not to be told off by Jeremy Paxman on network television for getting an easy question wrong!

Film

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BREAKING THE BANK

BTB Productions Ltd

Director
starring Kelsey Grammer, Tamsin Greig, Matthew Horne, Andrew Sachs & John Michael Higgins

IN THE LAND OF THE FREE

Mob Film Company

Director/Producer

SCENES OF A SEXUAL NATURE

Tin Pan Films

Executive Producer

JIMINY GLICK IN LALAWOOD

Lalawood Productions Inc./Brillstein Grey

Scr: Martin Short, Paul Flaherty
Produced by Bernie Brillstein, Paul Brooks, Peter Safran
with Martin Short, Jan Hooks, Elizabeth Perkins

ONE MORE KISS

The Mob

Scr: Suzie Halewood
with James Cosmo, Valerie Edmond

THE REAL HOWARD SPITZ

Metrodome Films/Writer's Block Ltd

Scr: Jurgen Wolff
with Kelsey Grammer, Amanda Donohoe

CLOCKWORK MICE

British Screen

Scr: Rod Woodruff
with Ian Hart, Art Malik
* Silver Griffin for Best Film
* International Critics Prize – Giffoni Film Festival
* Young Peoples’ Jury Prize
* CIFEJ (Critics’ Prize) – Frankfurt Lucas Film Festival for young people
* Grand Prix de Jeune Publique ( Audience Prize)
* CIFEJ (Critics Prize) – Laon International Film Festival

BEYOND BEDLAM

Metrodome Pictures

Scr: Vadim Jean from the book by John Brosnan
with Craig Fairbass, Elizabeth Hurley, Keith Allen

LEON THE PIG FARMER

Cinevista/Unapix

Scr: Michael Normand and Gary Sinyor
with Janet Suzman, Brian Glover, Connie Booth, Mark Frankel, Gina Bellman, Maryam d’Abo
* International Critics Prize – Venice International Film Festival
* Chaplin Award for Best Film – Edinburgh International Film Festival
* Most Promising Newcomer – London Evening Standard British Film Awards
* Most Promising Newcomer – London Film Critics Awards

Television

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OFF THE HOOK

Greenroom Entertainment/BBC

Director

GOING POSTAL

All3Media

Executive Producer
Adapted from novel by Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett's THE COLOUR OF MAGIC

Mob TV

Writer and Director
Adapted from the novel by Terry Pratchett
Produced by Rod Brown, Ian Sharples
with Brian Cox, Jeremy Irons, Christopher Lee, Nigel Planer

Terry Pratchett's HOGFATHER

Sky One/The Mob

Writer and Director
Adapted from the novel by Terry Pratchett
Produced by Robert Halmi, Ian Sharples
with Joss Ackland, David Jason, Nigel Planer
* Won BAFTAs for Visual Effects and Interactivity

In Development

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CONSIDER YOURSELF

Mob Film Company/BBC Films

The Lionel Bart Story
Director/Producer

BURNS

Mob Film Company/Lionsgate

Screenplay by Alan Sharp

THE TUNER

Mob Film Company

Written by Helen Adkins

THE OLYMPIAN

Mob Film Company

Written by Matthew Parkhill

Promos

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TRUE LOVE

Pop promo for Elton John & Kiki Dee
* No 1 UK hit

Commercials

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VW CUCKOO

*Silver Lion Award, Cannes
*New York International Gold, Silver & Bronze Awards
*Gran Prix, Roses

CANCER RESEARCH UK

* Golden Lion Award, Cannes

SONY PLAYSTATION

* Kinsale Award