Home Productions Film: Benjamin Britten and his Festival

Film: Benjamin Britten and his Festival

Tony Palmer’s 1967 BBC film astutely captures the build-up to Festival as well as the excitement surrounding its new venue.

Monday 19 June - Thursday 22 June

Tickets £8.00

Aldeburgh Cinema

Part of the Aldeburgh Festival season

Monday 19 June 2017 - 11.00am
Thursday 22 June 2017 - 11.00am

Presented by director Tony Palmer and producer Humphrey Burton

Filmed the year the Concert Hall opened, Tony Palmer’s first major BBC film astutely captures the build-up to the Festival as well as exciting possibilities for the new opera house. Palmer’s assured directing and editing are remarkably contemporary, deftly steered by his producer.

This welcome re-mastering is a reminder of Britten’s growing international reputation as a composer, intercut with pithy comments from local residents. Among fascinating shots of town life and the Queen’s opening ceremony, Britten’s quiet charisma stands out; his precision and politeness in rehearsals, the careful clipped vowels. He says touchingly that the Festival ‘is more and more the centre of my artistic life and personal life too’.