Biography

John Bridcut

John Bridcut is an award-winning film maker, with a string of varied documentaries to his name.   Much of his recent work has been with his own company, Crux Productions, but he also works as a freelance director and producer for other production companies.  He has also published two books and lectures on music and broadcasting.

His three latest music documentaries are Requiem,  Britten's Endgame, and Sir Colin Davis in His Own Words, which has been awarded the gold prize at the FIPA television festival in Biarritz.

The fifth of Bridcut's composer-portraits, Delius: Composer, Lover, Enigma, explored the pleasures of Frederick Delius, and was shown on BBC Four in 2012.   This followed Elgar: the Man Behind the Mask, which won the Czech Crystal Award for best documentary at the Golden Prague TV Festival in October 2010, and went on to secure the 2011 BAFTA Craft Award for Sound (Factual).  The Passions of Vaughan Williams (2008) and Britten’s Children (2004) have also won awards.  He complemented the Britten film with a book of the same title, which was published by Faber and Faber in 2006.  Since then, he has written a pocket guide to Britten, now updated as Essential Britten.  Both Britten films have now been released on DVD by Decca.

His 2011 documentary, The Prince and the Composer, a film about Hubert Parry by The Prince of Wales, has now been released on DVD after its acclaimed screening on BBC Four.  Also available on DVD is  A Jubilee Tribute to The Queen by The Prince of Wales, which was shown on BBC One three times at the time of the Diamond Jubilee, with a total audience of 10.3 million viewers.  

He has also produced film portraits of Roald Dahl, Hillary Clinton, Rudolf Nureyev, Mstislav Rostropovich and The Queen.  He has also contributed to BBC Radio 3, most recently during the Britten centenary weekend broadcasts live from Aldeburgh, which included his documentary Singing for Britten.

John Bridcut began his career as a journalist on the staff of The Spectator, and moved into broadcasting as a BBC news trainee.  After twelve years at the BBC, where he worked in national and regional newsrooms, and produced programmes such as The World at One, Newsnight and The Money Programme, he moved into independent production.  With Viewpoint, and later Mentorn, he produced a range of current affairs programmes for Channel 4 and the BBC, as well as several series on subjects of contemporary history.  For a total of more than twelve years now, he has produced programmes through his own company, Crux Productions.

In 2007 he authored a report for the BBC about the safeguarding of impartiality in the 21st century, entitled From Seesaw to Wagon Wheel.