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2016 promises to be a busy year for Crux Productions, with work on three documentary projects currently underway.  

John Bridcut is an award-winning film maker, with a string of varied productions to his name, ranging from politics to contemporary history to the arts.  His three most recent films were shown on BBC Four: Karajan's Magic and Myth told the story of music's most successful conductor, Britten's Endgame explored the life and music of the composer Benjamin Britten in his final years, while Requiem recounted the history of one of music's most powerful and enduring forms.  The Britten film is his sixth composer portrait, after studies of Elgar, Vaughan Williams, Delius, Parry – and his first Britten film, Britten's Children. 

Colin Davis In His Own Words, a tribute to the British conductor who died in April 2013 at the age of 85, was named Best Arts Documentary in the 2014 Grierson Awards, and also won the gold award for Performing Arts at the French documentary festival, FIPA.  

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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Getting under the skin of the UK/EU relationship

Getting under the skin of the UK/EU relationship

As the UK limbers up for the referendum to decide Britain's future relationship with the EU, Crux is making a BBC series to explain how we got here in the first place[more...]

Karajan in South of France

Karajan in South of France

'Karajan's Magic and Myth' has been selected for competition at the French documentary festival FIPA in Biarritz in January 2016.[more...]

New Bridcut projects

New Bridcut projects

'Under construction' in 2016 are films about the 60-year reign of King George III, the centenary of the BBC, and the success of 'The One Tenor', who has been taking the world of classical music by storm.[more...]

Fantastic Mr Dahl joins         Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Dahl joins Fantastic Mr Fox

The 'Imagine' documentary about Roald Dahl has now been released on Blu-Ray and DVD with Wes Anderson's animation of 'Fantastic Mr Fox' [more...]
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Britten's Endgame and Britten's Children now on DVD

John Bridcut's film for the Benjamin Britten centenary, Britten's Endgame, has now been issued on DVD by Decca, along with his 2004 film Britten's Children.   Both can be ordered from the Shop on this website.

Britten's Children was hailed by The Times as a "brave and beautiful film" about the composer's music for and about children, and his relationships with them.  This DVD release has been made possible by the generous support of the Britten-Pears Foundation.

Britten's Endgame has been described as "another masterful film" (The Times) and has been screened recently in Moscow, Berlin and New York.

Documentaries across the world

Meeting Nelson Mandela in Swaziland in 1990 for Donald Woods's 'Return of the Native' Meeting Robert Mugabe in Harare in 1998 for David Dimbleby's series, 'Rebellion!' Meeting Hillary Clinton on the campaign trail in 2000, for 'HIllary's New York Adventure'
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Prince Charles's Jubilee Tribute out on DVD

Prince Charles's Jubilee Tribute out on DVD

The Prince of Wales's Jubilee Tribute to The Queen is now available on DVD.  It was watched by more than 10 million viewers on BBC One when shown in June 2012, and was widely reported in the press because of the previously unseen pictures from The Queen's private cine film collection and photograph albums.  The DVD is now available from this website, as well as from retailers and online shops.