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John Bridcut is an award-winning film maker, with a string of varied productions to his name, ranging from politics to history to the arts – in particular, a number of musical and psychological portraits of British composers.  

His current film is Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor for the Ages which will be broadcast on BBC Four in October (see below).  It is a unique and intimate document observing the world's greatest tenor at the peak of his career, on and off duty.  This follows Crux's The Genius of the Mad King, in which Robert Hardman investigated the private papers of King George III.

In April 2016, Elizabeth at 90 – A Family Tribute, with previously-unseen private footage of the royal family across most of The Queen's life, was shown on the evening of her 90th birthday, with a feature-length version the following Sunday.  These programmes came only a few days after Europe: Them or Us, a two-parter presented by Nick Robinson to coincide with the EU referendum campaign.

Most of Bridcut's work is produced by his own company, Crux Productions, but he does occasionally freelance as a director and producer for other production companies.  He broadcasts on Radio 3 from time to time, and has published two books on Benjamin Britten.  He also gives lectures on music, broadcasting and current affairs. 

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Composer films to be issued on DVD

Composer films to be issued on DVD

Three of John Bridcut's composer portraits are being prepared for release on DVD before the end of 2017. Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Delius are in line for a worldwide DVD issue.[more...]

Edmund Jolliffe's music nominated for RTS Award

Edmund Jolliffe's music nominated for RTS Award

The incidental music in Crux's film for The Queen's 90th birthday has won a nomination in the 2016 Royal Television Society Craft Awards. The composer, Edmund Jolliffe, was one of only three nominations for Music[more...]

The Queen's home movies out on DVD

The Queen's home movies out on DVD

BBC One's film to celebrate The Queen's 90th birthday has now been issued on DVD by BBC Worldwide, which is also distributing the programme for international broadcast. [more...]

Don't miss the Jonas Kaufmann portrait coming this Sunday

As part of the BBC's opera season, Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor for the Ages is an intimate and extensive portrait of one of the hottest properties in classical music.  For the past two years, John Bridcut has had unprecedented and surprising access to this international megastar of music – from his performance of Rule, Britannia! at the Proms to his recent triumph in the title role of Verdi's Otello at Covent Garden.  This feature-length documentary captures Kaufmann on stage, in rehearsal and off-duty.  The film will be shown on BBC Four on Sunday 15 October at 9pm (not 7.30 as previously notified).

Another taster for the Jonas Kaufmann documentary

Further images from John Bridcut's observational documentary with the top-rank tenor, Jonas Kaufmann.  Neil Fisher, previewing it in The Times, remarks: "Kaufmann is a thinker and it’s a luxury to be able to get this deep an insight into a singer’s career".  The film will be screened on BBC Four on Sunday 15 October at 9pm (not 7.30 as previously notified).  We hope for international screenings and a DVD release in the coming months.

The Queen's home movies on DVD in America

The Queen's home movies on DVD in America

As part of the celebrations to mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, BBC Worldwide has released a DVD in North America of Elizabeth at 90 – A Family Tribute.  This remarkable documentary, in which members of the Royal Family and The Queen herself watch ciné films from her private collection, was first seen on BBC One, when it reached an audience of 10 million viewers.  Now it is being seen on many PBS stations in the USA, and is available on DVD in the USA and Canada from February 28th.