Videosyncratic. A book about life. In video shops.

A caustically funny journey spanning the 30 year life of the UK Video rental industry through the eyes of a laconic till-jockey-turned-manager-turned-owner. The 'Kitchen Confidential' of video stores. More

Available ebook formats: epub

About Jon Spira

Jon Spira loves films.

Everything he has ever done somehow relates to films.
He went to film school in Edinburgh in the mid-nineties and upon graduation became a screenwriter on the cult sci-fi TV show LEXX. After this, he became a jobbing film-maker directing corporate work and music videos for the likes of Dive Dive, Family Machine and Frank Turner.

Having spent most of his teens and early-twenties working in video shops, in 2001 Jon, with his father, opened Videosyncratic - an indie video shop focused on curation and quality. A second branch followed in 2005.

In 2011, Jon's first feature length documentary ANYONE CAN PLAY GUITAR was released in cinemas. It tells the story of the small-town Oxford music scene which gave the world Radiohead, Foals, Supergrass, Ride and Swervedriver. It is narrated by Stewart Lee.

In 2013, Jon became the in-house documentary film-maker for the British Film Institute.

In 2016, Jon's second feature length documentary ELSTREE 1976 was released globally. It's a film about people who were background extras or had tiny roles in the first Star Wars film and how that brief experience went on to shape their lives over the following 40 years.

Jon has written for The Huffington Post, The Daily Telegraph, the BFI and many questionable blogs and film geek websites.

VIDEOSYNCRATIC is Jon's first book. It's a memoir of his three decades in video shops. It has a foreword by Susie Dent and is the exact size of a VHS video tape.

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