Jack Bond - Producer/Director
Jack Bond is one of Britain’s most innovative filmmakers and over a fifty year career has redefined documentary, art-house drama, music video, film and television.
In 1962 Jack Bond began directing programmes for the BBC. Whilst there, he worked on Melvyn Bragg's arts magazine programme New Release (1965-67), which marked the beginning of a friendship and professional collaboration for years to come. During this time, Jack made documentaries on, among others, Eduardo Paolozzi, George Orwell and World War I as seen through the eyes of the poet, Wilfred Owen, The Pity of War.
In 1966 Jack starred in a BBC television film drama Exit 19 directed and produced by Philip Saville.
He went on to make the only documentary ever made with Salvador Dali, Dali In New York. Bond’s first feature film Separation (1967) represented Britain and won a Silver Mermaid Film Award in Italy. In 1972 he produced Jane Arden’s film The Other Side of the Underneath in Wales.
Jack then directed and produced Vibration and Anti-Clock. These three films were recently re-released by the BFI on DVD and Bluray.
After taking some time out as a self-described playboy, sailing on his yacht Moonsaga, Jack would return to the UK to work again with Melvyn Bragg on a portrait of the crime novelist Patricia Highsmith. He would spend the next two decades shooting numerous South Bank Shows, directing Pet Shop Boys pop promos including the music video Heart (1983) starring Ian McEllen, and devising the same music duo's memorable cult feature film, It Couldn't Happen Here (1987).
During the 1990s and early 2000s he continued to direct his own brand of idiosyncratic documentary portraits for television, such as Werner Herzog, Roald Dahl, Jean Genet, Albert Camus and Vanessa Redgrave, to name but a few. In 2009, he produced and directed an intimate portrait of the Paris-based English actress Charlotte Rampling, Waiting for Charlotte.
2013 saw the completion of The Blueblack Hussar, a feature-length documentary, which charts the return to the international concert circuit of 1980s pop sensation Adam Ant. The film features guest appearances by Charlotte Rampling, Mark Ronson and artist Allen Jones.
For his latest project, An Artist’s Eyes, Jack follows the enthralling journey of British contemporary painter Chris Moon as he navigates his way from warehouse shows in the mid-winter snow of New York and a disused factory in North London to road trips in Spanish sun and torrential rain searching for inspiration. Jack reflects, “Working with Dali was such a powerful and volatile experience that it never crossed my mind to make another film about a painter…until now.”