Singing for Britten, John Bridcut's radio feature about the amateur singers who worked with Benjamin Britten, is to be 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 This documentary, produced by Jane Greenwood for Loftus Media, was originally made for the Britten centenary weekend in November 2013.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 can be heard again at 12.15pm on Saturday 16 August.
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.
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, 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 The documentary, presented by Alan Yentob, was originally made in 2005 for Imagine on BBC One.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'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.