Jon Spira

Filmmaker, writer, ex-video shop owner, grumptimist.

Jon lives in North London with his wife, cat and several thousand DVDs. He is a documentary filmmaker with two feature films to his name; ANYONE CAN PLAY GUITAR (2011) and ELSTREE 1976 (2015). He is currently working on his third. Between 2013 and 2016, he was the in-house documentary maker for the British Film Institute. His first book VIDEOSYNCRATIC: A BOOK ABOUT LIFE IN VIDEO SHOPS was released in 2017. It looks exactly like a VHS tape and has a foreword from Countdown's Suzy Dent. His second book, THE FORGOTTEN FILM CLUB VOL 1 was also released in 2017 and has a foreword from rock star Frank Turner. Over the years, Jon has been a film student, film tutor, film blogger, screenwriter and spent many years hanging out in, working in, running or owning a wide variety of video shops. He has written for The Huffington Post, BFI, The Daily Telegraph and many crappy websites and blogs.

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