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 is being screened in Paris on Tuesday 4 March at SCAM (Société Civile des Auteurs Multimedia).
Fantastic Mr Dahl, John Bridcut's 2005 documentary about the life and work of Roald Dahl, is about to be 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 The documentary, presented by Alan Yentob, was originally made in 2005 for Imagine on BBC One.
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.
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.
The riches of one of music's most dramatic and powerful forms are tasted in John Bridcut's new film Requiem for BBC Four. In special performances by the BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales conducted by Edward Gardner (pictured), and the choir Tenebrae, conducted by Nigel Short, some of the jewels of the requiem repertoire are on display – both familiar and unknown. The documentary will also form a three-part series on the Welsh channel S4C in spring 2014. See the trailer on YouTube, and spread the word!