Jason Wood has over twenty years of experience in the UK film industry and a strong affiliation with the cultural and independent sector. Before working at HOME, he was the Programming Manager at Picturehouse, Director of Programming at Curzon Cinemas, and also took a lead role in acquisitions for Artificial Eye. Pina, Ivul, The Deep Blue Sea, Archipelago and The Duke of Burgundy are just some of the films he has been partly responsible for bringing to UK screens. He has curated retrospectives of Peter Whitehead, Atom Egoyan, Wim Wenders, Chris Petit, Nicolas Roeg and Mexican Cinema, has served as a jury member for the London Film Festival, and has worked on the board of CINECITY Film Festival, Brighton. He is the co-director of three documentary features and the author of 10 published works on cinema. His writing has also appeared in the Guardian, Sight and Sound, Vertigo and SoFilm. Jason is also Professor of Film at Manchester Metropolitan University.
Q & A
What’s your earliest memory of participating in the arts?
Co-directing a short film about Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Dekalog, and a filmed interview with the director.
Which living actor, director and writer do you most admire?
Denis Lavant is the actor. He is always so watchable, a bit like an exotic animal. I think his role in Beau Travail is one of the great modern performances. The director is Nicolas Roeg, because, like Godard, he has revolutionised how we think about film and the possibilities of the medium. For writers, I’d say screenwriter Jean-Pol Fargeau and novelist Richard Ford. Fargeau’s collaborations with Denis Levant are sublime, and as a writer he is able to capture different gender and political perspectives. Richard Ford writes each sentence immaculately, plus he does a great line in misery, a subject close to my heart.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
If you fail without compromise today then you can be sure of victory tomorrow.
When you’re not at work, where are you most likely to be found?
At home, listening to music. Reggae, most likely.