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John Bridcut

 

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.

He has also created documentaries about Ralph Vaughan Williams (The Passions of Vaughan Williams, 2008), Edward Elgar (The Man Behind the Mask, 2010) and Hubert Parry (The Prince and the Composer, 2011), the latter a collaboration with Charles, Prince of Wales, whom he had earlier profiled in Charles at 60: The Passionate Prince.

In November 2018, after being given 12 months exclusive access to Charles, Prince of Wales, Bridcut's film Prince, Son and Heir: Charles at 70 was first aired by the BBC. This observational portrait of The Prince of Wales was watched by 6.5 million people in the UK when it was broadcast on BBC One in November. It was repeated on New Year's Eve, and was also shown round the world.

Other documentaries by Bridcut include studies of Queen Elizabeth II, Rudolf Nureyev, Roald Dahl and Hillary Clinton.

His most recent music documentary is Janet Baker In Her Own Words, in which the great classical singer talks openly about her voice, her career and her life today. This intimate film won plaudits from critics and audience alike. Before that, he produced Jonas Kaufmann, Tenor for the Ages, a unique and closely-observed account of the world's greatest tenor at the peak of his career, on and off duty.

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, contemporary history, broadcasting and current affairs.