Jonathan Glazer – TV Advert and Film Director

Meet Jonathan Glazer, the film director most known in adland for his Guinness ads, “Swimblack” (1998) and “Surfer” (1999). The composite image below features Jonathan Glazer along with a still from the Guinness Surfer Advert. Glazer stunned the world with his effect driven Levis Jeans “Odyssey” (2000) and “Kung Fu” (1997).

Jonathan Glazer with Guinness Surf Horses


Click on the image below to play the Guinness Surfer video in YouTube (HD)

Click on the image below to play the Levi’s Kung Fu video in YouTube (HD)

Click on the image below to play the Guinness Swim Black video in YouTube (HD)

Jonathan Glazer was commissioned to make two Stella Artois beer ads – Last Orders (1998) and Devil’s Island (2003) and can be found in shockwave form at the site of
Stella Artois

Click on the image below to play the Last Orders video in YouTube (HD)

Click on the image below to play the Stella Artois Devil’s Island video in YouTube (HD)

Glazer’s Nike Ad, Parklife, featuring British football and the band Blur. Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube (HD)

Since all these ads Glazer has stepped out with two feature films: Sexy Beast and Birth.

Click on the image below to play the Sexy Beast trailer in YouTube (HD)

Click on the image below to play the Birth music video in YouTube (HD)

7 Television Commercials by REM has some stunning music videos from the late 1990s (not actually television commercials). Each music video is worth watching again and again. Maybe its because its because of Radiohead’s enigmatic lyrics and performance. Maybe its the visual and plot concepts behind the films. Or maybe just the effects. Two of the films stand out – Street Spirit and Karma Police, directed by Jonathan Glazer.

Click on the image below to play the Street Music video in YouTube (HD)

Click on the image below to play the Karma Police video in YouTube (HD)

Thom Yorke, lead singer of Radiohead, also featured in the UNKLE music video (DJ Shadow) directed by Glazer, “Rabbit in your headlight”. Click on the image below to play the video in YouTube (HD)

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Many of Jonathan Glazer’s TV ads and music videos can be viewed on DVD, the Director’s Series Vol. 5 – Work of Jonathan Glazer.

Television Commercials Radiohead DVD The Work of Director Jonathan Glazer DVD at Amazon.com