Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris

A new adaptation of Paul Gallico's much-loved novel about a cleaning lady in 1950s London who falls in love with an haute couture dress by Christian Dior. She scrimps and saves, gambles and starves, until she finally sets off for Paris in pursuit of her dream. On her journey, she transforms her life and that of everyone she meets - and returns home to further surprises.


Starring Lesley Manville, Isabelle Huppert, Jason Isaacs, Lambert Wilson, Alba Baptista, Lucas Bravo, Anna Chancellor and Rose Williams, the film has been released by Focus Features and Universal Pictures worldwide. Available now to stream on Peacock, Amazon, i-Tunes etc. 


Nominations: Academy Award and BAFTA, Best Costume Design, Jenny Beavan. Best Actress, Lesley Manville (Golden Globe, AARP) Best Screenplay (WGGB), Best Costume (CDG, HCACAA and St Louis FCA). Awards: Best Screenplay, Carroll Cartwright, Anthony Fabian, Keith Thompson, Olivia Hetreed (AWGIE), Best Costume Design, Jenny Beavan (BIFA)

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Margot & Rudi

A beautiful woman falls in love with a brilliant, adoring young man. Their love is doomed, it will all end badly – in heart-swelling, tear-jerking delicious tragedy. Every night, on stage, in front of thousands of enraptured fans.


When Margot Fonteyn meets Rudolf Nureyev, she is the most famous ballerina in the West and he is a worldwide sensation – the first great artistic defection from the Soviet Union, at the height of the Cold War. She is gracious, divinely elegant in Dior, with a wonderful smile and charming humility. He is wild, sexually magnetic to men and women, a proud, shy, untamed creature. 


Together they will become one of the iconic couples of the Swinging Sixties. The romance they portray so movingly on stage is confirmed for the delighted public by their obvious intimacy and happiness together offstage. Real life is not so simple.


When Margot and Rudi start dancing together at the Royal Ballet, she is a star on the wane, already old for a ballerina at forty-two. Rudi’s arrival gives her a miraculous second wind, galvanised by his energy and love. But she is married to a roguish Panamanian politician – Tito de Arias – who barely conceals his philandering. Rudi falls hard for Erik Bruhn, a handsome, highly intelligent man and outstanding dancer, who just can’t cope with Rudi’s go-for-broke approach to life.


Margot and Rudi turn to each other from their relationship problems, growing ever closer. Spurred on by Rudi, Margot asks Tito for a divorce but - days before she can be free - Tito is shot and paralysed by a rival. Trapped by her own image, sacrificing herself like the Swan Queen, Margot decides she must stay and care for Tito. 


The only way Margot and Rudi can be together is on stage. They need a ballet, made just for them, that will encapsulate their romance for all time.


And the ideal story is happening right in front of them –
a bold retelling of Romeo and Juliet by the hot young choreographer, Kenneth Macmillan. There’s only one catch – it’s being made for the rising stars of the company, Lynn Seymour and Chris Gable. 


To live out their perfect romance, they must steal their perfect ballet. Heartbreak and treachery are no longer part of the fairytale, but brutally real.


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Good Hope



In December 2017, South Africa was on the edge of a precipice. After 10 years of corrupt and self-serving leadership, President Jacob Zuma's term was up It was up to the ANC, the ruling party, to elect a new leader. Zuma’s preferred candidate was his former wife (which would have led to more of the same…). Instead, by a hair’s breadth Deputy President, Cyril Ramaposa was elected. 

This marked a new dawn for the country - still riven with inequality, racial tensions, unemployment and poor education. But with this new president, who’s mission it is to re-establish the rule of law, it has a chance to get back on track.

This film chart’s the country’s progress from the hope of Mandela’s ‘Rainbow Nation’ to the despair of Zuma, to the new hope brought by the next generation of South Africans determined to create a brighter future. It is an emotional roller coaster and touches on several issues with which the whole world is currently grappling: the rise of populism, xenophobia, racism, socio-economic and gender inequalities - and divisive, identity politics. 

Ultimately, it provides a message of hope. We all need hope.



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Who do you think we are?

A new promotional film for the UK tourist board, VisitBritain, shot in eight cities around the world: New York, LA, Sydney, Shanghai, Mumbai, Dubai, Paris and Berlin. Director Anthony Fabian canvassed opinions on the streets about what Britain means to visitors and how they feel about the UK - with touching, surprising and often humourous results. The film will soon be available on Youtube, Twitter, Facebook and

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Freeze-Frame is a new short film, currently in production, starring Freddie Fox (Pride, Riot Club) and a dynamic young Chinese actress, Tuan Yuan. It has been commissioned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and VisitBritain as part of the government's GREAT campaign; its aim is to promote British talent, locations and expertise in China, following the signing of a new co-production agreement between the two countries. Written by David and Keith Lynch, the film is being Executive Produced by Carter Pilcher of Shorts TV, and directed by Anthony Fabian. Shot on location in London, Edinburgh and Shanghai in October, it was released in December 2014 and is currently showing on all Virgin Airllines flights.

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Louder Than Words

An Identity Films Production, directed by Anthony Fabian, this film stars David Duchovny, Hope Davis and Timothy Hutton. Based on true events, it tells the poignant story of John and Brenda Fareri, grieving parents who were inspired by the unexpected death of their young daughter to build a world class children's hospital. The hospital not only helps the family to heal, but becomes a model for children's hospitals around the world. Rex Reed in the New York Observer called it "A feel-good film with an infections sense of inspiration, directed with flair and sensitivity by Anthony Fabian." The film was released across American cinemas in August 2014 and is now available on DVD and Netflix (USA).

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Madmen meets Downton Abbey: A new long-running TV series. 

Adapted from Fiona MacCarthy’s acclaimed book, Last Curtsey, DEBS follows the lives of four friends from their ‘coming out’ rites in 1958 to adulthood in the emancipated world of ‘60s London. The series charts the women’s interconnected lives over a ten year period: from the last presentations to the Queen and the debutante season that followed, to the revolutionary, anti-establishment prism of sex, drugs, fashion and rock and roll, dramatising the breakdown of the class system and women’s lib. DEBS will counterpoint the hide-bound late 50s with the world of swinging ‘60s London, just as Downton Abbey has given the world access to high society at another time and place, and Mad Men has brilliantly illuminated advertising in New York across the same era. 

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Bach & Variations

Super-16mm, 30 minutes, drama, Ovation (USA)


Bach’s masterpiece, The Goldberg Variations, acts as the catalyst for a complex love story about a woman and two men.


Stars Nina Young, Bernard Brieux and Lawrence Good.


Festivals include: British Short Film, Singapore, Hamptons

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British Legends of Stage and Screen

HD, 45 minutes x 8, UK


Now available on DVD from Amazon UK and Odeon Entertainment


A new series of in depth interviews with Britain’s finest post-war actors, reflecting not only on their careers in theatre, film and television but also on a changing time, a life of extraordinary encounters and the events that shaped their lives.


Featuring Sir Derek Jacobi, Claire Bloom, Sir Michael Gambon, Dame Diana Rigg, Michael York, Sir Christopher Lee, Glenda Jackson and Sir Ian McKellen.


Executive Producer: Sandy Lieberson. Co-Producer: John Dunworth.


DVD released by Odeon Entertainment, UK.


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HD, various durations, UK


A series of promotional ads for the UK tourist board, featuring internationally recognised personalities enthusing about British arts, culture, heritage, food and fashion. Features Dame Judi Dench (Hever Castle), Rupert Everett (Garrick/West End Theatre), Dev Patel (Leicester Square), Jamie Oliver (British Food) and Twiggy (Fashion/Carnaby Street). Matt Smith discusses filming Dr. Who in Cardiff and the rising young star of Tamara Drew, The Three Musketeers and The Hobbit, Luke Evans, talks about growing up in Wales.


Next up: Sports personalities Colin Montgomerie (golf/Scotland), Boris Becker, (Wimbledon) and Lennox Lewis (Olympics).


For more information, see:

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35mm, 1 hour 45 minutes, drama, UK/South Africa


Based on the true story of Sandra Laing, a "coloured" girl born to two white Afrikaner parents, unaware of their black ancestry.


The film stars Sophie Okonedo as Sandra Laing, Sam Neill as her father Abraham and Alice Krige as her mother Sannie.

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Embracing the Tiger

HD 59 minutes, Sky


This hour-long documentary explores the history, philosophy, health benefits, martial aspects and practice of Tai Chi — uncovering the reasons behind its rising popularity in the world today.

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While the Music Lasts

DVCAM 59 minutes, Ovation (USA)


Celebrating Musica Nel Chiostro — The Batignano Opera Festival

Adam Pollock has been making opera history for the past 30 years. The festival he founded in Southern Tuscany has provided a platform for an astonishing number of artists working in international opera today.


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Harmony in Hanoi

DVCAM 59 minutes


A documentary about the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra, shot on location in Hanoi.


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35mm, 6min, drama

A story of love, lust and trust. Is it ever the right time to have babies?


Starring: Mark Gillis, Rachel Pickup, Mark Wakeling and Susannah York. Director of Photography — Jonathan Bloom, Sound Recordist — Rash Omar, Editor — Damien Rea. Music performed and composed by Antonia Forcione.

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Township Opera

DVCAM, 59 minutes, BBC, UK

Documentary about the Spier Music Festival in Cape Town, South Africa. This was the first film to be shown solo on the new arts channel, BBC 4, in 2001.   features emerging talent from South Africa who went on to win the Golden Bear in Berlin for UCarmen Ekhayelitscha. Shortlisted for a One World Media Award.

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Total Eclipse

DVCAM 10 minutes, Harmonia Mundi USA

Short film to promote the new recording of John Tavener’s composition, premiered at St Paul’s Cathedral in June, 2000. Features saxophonist John Harle.

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35mm, 10 minutes, drama


A woman alone in her country house is haunted by a mysterious young man.


Stars Susannah York, Gyuri Sarossy and Nicholas Clay. Premiered at Dublin Film Festival. 

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35mm, 14 minutes, drama

Dark comedy about a supermodel in decline and a young girl who aspires to be like her. Stars Lone Madsen, Brooke Kinsella, Oliver Tobias, and Miriam Margolyes. Festivals include: Edinburgh, Angers, British Short FIlm, Singapore.

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Renée Fleming

Super 16mm, 9 minutes, Decca Records


The Beautiful Voice


Interview with the acclaimed American soprano, shot on the streets of Paris.

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Angela Gheorghiu

Beta/Super 16mm, 12 minutes, Decca Records


My World


Interview and songs from around the world, performed by the Romanian opera star. Filmed in London and Paris.


Super 16mm, 12 minutes, Decca Records

‘Ebben?’ from La Wally


Performance piece set against the canals and fountains of Paris.
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Il Turco in Italia

Digi-Beta, 15 minutes, Decca Records

Recording sessions for Rossini’s opera with Cecilia Bartoli, Alessandro Corbelli, Ramon Vargas and Riccardo Chailly. Shot in the Conservatorio Verdi, Milan.

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Pavarotti’s Greatest Hits

Digi-Beta, 7 minutes, Decca Records

Interview with the Italian tenor at the Conservatorio Verdi, Milan; performance sections from concerts throughout the world.

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Christophe Rousset

Super-16mm, 15 minutes, Decca Records

Scarlatti, Rameau, Marin Marais


Interview, recording sessions and performance pieces, set in a Chateau at the foot of the French Alps.

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Cecilia Bartoli
Super-16mm, 30 minutes, Decca Records


Chant d’Amour

Interview and performance pieces from the Italian singer's French recital album. Shot in London and Cádiz, Spain.

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Jean-Yves Thibaudet
Super-16mm, 12 minutes, Decca Records

Debussy Préludes


Interview and performance piece: a conceptualized treatment of ‘What The West Wind Saw’ and ‘The Girl with the Flaxen Hair’. Set in the Lisson Gallery, with Sculptures by Turner Prize-winner Anish Kapoor.

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Joshua Bell

Super-16mm, 8 minutes, Decca Records


Tambourin chinois



Interview followed by performance of Kreisler’s virtuosic ‘chinoiserie’ piece. Shot in The Temple, Gunnersbury House and London’s Chinatown. Cameo appearance by Emily Mortimer.

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Olli Mustonen

Visions fugitives

Super-16mm, 11 minutes, promo


Interview and performance piece with the young Finnish pianist, shot in Henry Wood Hall, London.

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