Jasper Sharp is a writer, curator and filmmaker with a specialist interest in Asian cinema. He is the co-founder, with Tom Mes, of the Japanese film website Midnight Eye.com, which ran from 2001 until 2015. His writing has appeared in publications across the world, including Sight & Sound, The Guardian, Variety,The Japan Times, Kateigaho and Film International, and he has contributed liner notes, commentaries and interviews to numerous DVD releases. His book publications include The Midnight Eye Guide to New Japanese Film (2003), joint authored with Tom Mes, Behind the Pink Curtain (2008), The Historical Dictionary of Japanese Film (2011) and The Creeping Garden: Irrational Encounters with Plasmodial Slime Moulds (2015), and he has written chapters for a number of anthologies.
As a curator, he has organised several high profile seasons and retrospectives with the British Film Institute, Deutches Filmmuseum, the Cinematheque Quebecois and Thessaloniki International Film Festival, among others. Between 2010 and 2014 he was the director Zipangu Fest, a festival showcase Japanese independent film in the United Kingdom, and he was the Artistic Director of the Asia House Film Festival between 2014 and 2016.
His first feature, The Creeping Garden [http://www.creepinggarden.com/], a critically-acclaimed documentary about slime moulds co-directed with Tim Grabham [http://www.iloobia.com], was released theatrically across North America in 2015, and was released by Arrow Films in the United Kingdom in 2016.
He has a doctorate degree in Film Studies from the University of Sheffield in ‘Japanese Widescreen Cinema: Commerce, Technology and Aesthetics.’