David M. Thompson

David Marcus Thompson (born 18 July 1950 in Hackney, London) is a British film and television producer.

David M. Thompson
David Marcus Thompson

(1950-07-18) 18 July 1950
OccupationFilm producer, television producer
Years active1978–present

Thompson moved to London in 1978, and worked for the BBC as a film programmer and documentary maker.[1] He was the founding head of BBC Films. Up until 2007, BBC Films was run and funded as a private company, with its own offices in Mortimer Street around the corner from Broadcasting House, while still under the full control of the BBC. In 1981 he filmed Woza Albert!

In 2007, a re-structure of the division saw it re-integrated into the main BBC Fiction department of BBC Vision, under the control of Jane Tranter. As a result, it moved out of its independent offices into Television Centre and David Thompson, previously head of BBC Films, left to start his own film production company, Origin Pictures. [2]

The films he has produced for Origin Pictures include The Awakening, An Education, and The Sense of an Ending. He has continued to executive-produce films for the BBC, including The History Boys (2006) and the remake of Brideshead Revisited (2008).

David Thompson's two-part BBC documentary on the films of Jean Renoir in 1993 led to him editing (with Lorraine LoBianco) an anthology of the director's letters for Faber (1994). He has also edited Scorsese on Scorsese (with Ian Cristie) for the same publisher.[1]


  1. Researchers' Tales Archived 25 July 2010 at the Wayback Machine, BFI (Library) website
  2. Holmwood, Leigh. "Thompson's Origin lands first deal". The Guardian.
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