NEWS

Karajan film in production

Twenty-five years after his death, Herbert von Karajan still excites controversy about his music-making and his business methods.  He dominated the recording industry for decades, and set up his own company to film almost four dozen great classical works as his legacy. This film will trace his career from his pioneering work with the Philharmonia Orchestra in London after the war, to his 34-year reign as chief conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Radio 3 repeats Britten feature

Singing for Britten, John Bridcut's radio feature about the amateur singers who worked with Benjamin Britten, has been repeated on BBC Radio 3.  This documentary, produced by Jane Greenwood for Loftus Media, was originally made for the Britten centenary weekend in November 2013.  It could be heard again on Saturday 16 August.

Sir Colin Davis tribute

Colin Davis In His Own Words has been shortlisted for the 2014 Grierson Award for Best Documentary.  Earlier this year, it 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".

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  The documentary, presented by Alan Yentob, was originally made in 2005 for Imagine on BBC One.

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.

Prince's Jubilee Tribute to the Queen now on DVD

Prince Charles's programme, A Jubilee Tribute to The Queen by The Prince of Wales, is now available on DVD.  When first broadcast on BBC One, it trended on Twitter, where The Queen's home movies and her eldest son's responses to them caught people's imagination.  It achieved an audience share of 33%, with an average audience higher than either EastEnders or Coronation Street the same evening. 

'Of all the commemorative, reflective (and sometimes glutinously sycophantic) programmes on air, it struck to the heart', wrote Libby Purves in her column in The Times.