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John Bridcut is an award-winning film maker, with dozens of varied productions to his name, ranging from politics to history to the arts – in particular, a number of portraits of musicians and composers.  

His three most recent documentaries are currently being shown around the world.  Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor for the Ages, produced for BBC Four, is a unique and intimate document observing the world's greatest tenor at the peak of his career, on and off duty.  In January 2017, Crux produced The Genius of the Mad King, in which Robert Hardman investigated the private papers of King George III.

The year before, Elizabeth at 90 – A Family Tribute, with previously-unseen footage from The Queen's private collection of ciné films, was shown on the evening of Her Majesty's 90th birthday, with a feature-length version the following Sunday.  

Most of Bridcut's work is produced by his own company, Crux Productions, but he does occasionally freelance as a director and producer for other production companies.  He broadcasts on BBC Radio from time to time, and has published two books on Benjamin Britten.  He also gives lectures on music, broadcasting and current affairs. 

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Janet Baker film in production

Janet Baker film in production

The great British mezzo-soprano, Dame Janet Baker, is the subject of a documentary profile now in production for the BBC[more...]

Britten DVDs out of stock

Regrettably, DVDs of 'Britten's Children' and 'Britten's Endgame' are temporarily unavailable from this website. But more stock will be arriving soon.[more...]

Crux in new distribution arrangements

Crux in new distribution arrangements

Crux has a new partner, EuroArts, which is handling worldwide distribution of many of John Bridcut's music films, including his recent portrait of the singer Jonas Kaufmann[more...]

Queen's birthday film in German-language version

Queen's birthday film in German-language version

The 90th birthday film about Queen Elizabeth II will shortly be available on a German-language DVD[more...]
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"Engrossing to watch" composer films out now on DVD

Three composer portraits by John Bridcut have at last been issued on DVD worldwide and are available now.  Fiona Maddocks, writing in The Observer, says: "Bridcut has a talent for telling personal stories.... Yet his primary gift is to bring the music of these composers alive.  These invaluable films make you rethink the music.  They are, too, engrossing to watch."

Elgar: The Man Behind The Mask is a surprising psychological profile of a musical genius, exploring the secret conflicts in Elgar’s heart which produced some of Britain’s greatest music. This ground-breaking film won the award for Best Documentary at the Golden Prague Festival, and a BAFTA award for Sound.

The Pleasures of Delius was originally broadcast on BBC Four as Delius: Composer, Lover, Enigma.  Delius is perhaps best known for On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, but the film demonstrates his lifelong devotion to pleasure, both in the sounds he created and the life he lived.

In The Passions of Vaughan Williams, John Bridcut shows that there is much more to the music of this energetic, red-blooded man than the gentle pastoralism of The Lark Ascending. This film won the prize for Best Documentary at the French film festival, FIPA.

These DVDs are available now on this website, at the price of £10.99 each.  An alternative online shop is at Gonzo Multimedia.

The Queen's home movies on DVD in America

The Queen's home movies on DVD in America

As part of the celebrations to mark the 90th birthday of Her Majesty The Queen, BBC Worldwide has released a DVD in North America of Elizabeth at 90 – A Family Tribute.  This remarkable documentary, in which members of the Royal Family and The Queen herself watch ciné films from her private collection, was first seen on BBC One, when it reached an audience of 10 million viewers.  Now it has been seen in Canada, and on many PBS stations in the USA, and it is available on DVD in the USA and Canada.  A German-language version of the DVD will be issued shortly.