NEWS

BAFTA nomination for Britten film

Britten's Endgame has won a nomination for the BAFTA Craft Award for Sound (Factual).  The nominees are Paul Paragon, Patrick Boland, Mike Hatch and Rowan Jennings.  This is the third time that a Crux film has been nominated for a BAFTA Sound craft award: Rostropovich: The Genius of the Cello was a nominee in 2012, and the previous year Elgar: The Man Behind the Mask won the Sound (Factual) Craft Award.

Sir Colin Davis strikes gold

Sir Colin Davis In His Own Words has won the FIPA d'Or – the Gold Award for the Performing Arts category at the French television festival in Biarritz.  The chairman of the jury, the composer Bruno Fontaine, praised the film for "leading us to the very depths of a musician's soul, through his most intimate statements.  We wanted to acknowledge particularly the exceptional quality of the interview, its daring questions and the obvious bond of trust between Davis and his interlocutor."  He went on to note the "paradox for a film about music and a musician, in the way the film-maker had captured the profound silences throughout the interview".  Fontaine closed his remarks by saying that he was personally very moved to salute the memory of Sir Colin Davis by making the award to "this great film".

The film was screened in Paris on Tuesday 4 March at SCAM (Société Civile des Auteurs Multimedia).

Fantastic Mr Dahl joins Fantastic Mr Fox

Fantastic Mr Dahl, John Bridcut's 2005 documentary about the life and work of Roald Dahl, has been released on Blu-Ray and DVD by the Criterion Collection, as part of a 3-disc set of Wes Anderson's animation of Fantastic Mr Fox.  The documentary, presented by Alan Yentob, was originally made in 2005 for Imagine on BBC One.

Britten weekend on Radio 3

BBC Radio 3 marked the Britten centenary weekend by three days of live broadcasting from Aldeburgh.  John Bridcut was part of the presenting team, and took part with Suzy Klein in Bridcut's Britten (pictured here), a portrait of the composer through some of his music.  He also presented Singing for Britten, a documentary in which he spoke to amateur singers who worked with Britten between the late 1940s and the early 1970s.