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Richard Jobson


1960 -

Film director, writer and musician. Born in Kirkcaldy, the son of a coal miner, Jobson was raised in Ballingry but educated in Dunfermline. He first saw success as vocalist with the punk band The Skids aged only 17. Led by Stuart Adamson (1958 - 2001), the band produced four albums and a series of hits, the most successful of which was Into The Valley (1978), before splitting in 1982. After a brief period with the band The Armoury Show, Jobson became a model, actor, author and then television presenter. More recently Jobson has become a film writer, producer and director, his most notable work being the critically-acclaimed 16 Years of Alcohol (2003), based on his own book, The Purifiers (2004), A Woman in Winter (2005), New Town Killers (2008) and The Somnambulists (2012). He was awarded an honorary degree by Edinburgh Napier University in 2013.


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