OFFICIAL CINEMA TRAILER 1'43"
Director/DoP for Red Zed Films
Producer/co-director: Mark Franchetti
Executive producer: Simon Chinn
The Bolshoi. Symbol of Russia, a national treasure – mystical and intriguing. In 2013-4 the theatre had grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons: intrigue, personal attacks and management changes created lurid headlines.
The following season, for the first time, the theatre directors allowed a film crew uncensored access backstage.
Combining epic themes with intimate portraits, historical dramas are counterpointed with the untold personal stories of agony and ecstasy that lie behind every acclaimed performance. As the Bolshoi tries to repairs its public image, backstage new dramas unfold - all soaked in an atmosphere of blood, sweat and tears.
PREMIERED: Toronto International Film Festival
IN COMPETITION: IDFA/ CPH/ Moscow Film Festivals
OFFICIAL SELECTION: NYC Docs/ Hamptons/ Munich/ Zagreb/ Bermuda Film Festivals
SHORTLISTED: 2 x EMMY (Best documentary & best original score)
NOMINATED: BAFTA & OSCAR best documentary feature 2017
FINALIST: Foreign Press Association Documentary of the Year
Makes Black Swan look tame by comparison Total Film
Candid & dramatic – not to be missed Vogue
A slickly produced piece of work that paints a dark-hued portrait of the modern Bolshoi Daily Telegraph
Enthralling... a shocking tale of dysfunction ★★★★ Peter Bradshaw Guardian