WHO are we?
Capriol Films was founded by composer/filmmaker Tony Britten in 2005 to make mainly music based films and series. Tony’s background is in music, from arranging and conducting the legendary National Theatre production of ‘Guys and Dolls’, to conducting the score for ‘Robocop’ to writing the UEFA Champions League anthem. Capriol has completed eight projects so far, ranging from the five part ‘Gilbert and Sullivan – A Motley Pair’ for Sky Arts to the award winning comedy drama feature film: ‘In Love with Alma Cogan’, currently on limited release in the UK.
WHAT are we making?
Next year, 2013, celebrations of the centenary of the birth of Benjamin Britten will happen literally across the world. There have been several television documentaries about Britten over the years, but our drama/documentary, ‘Benjamin Britten – Peace and Conflict’ is the first time a film has been made that specifically explores how the composer’s lifelong pacifism influenced so much of his output. It is also the first time a film about England’s greatest composer since Henry Purcell has been made as an independent feature; initially for theatrical release it has the full support of the Britten – Pears Foundation.
WHERE did we shoot the film?
Britten’s pacifism was founded in boyhood and the liberal attitudes of Gresham’s School, Holt in North Norfolk, where many of his contemporaries were exploring left wing solutions, including the spy Donald Maclean, led young Ben initially towards communism, (another thing that has not been touched on in previous films). So we turned the clock back to 1929 and filmed all the crucial drama elements actually at Gresham’s and the surrounding area. We also filmed contributions from individuals around the UK and new performances from leading artists such as James Gilchrist, Iain Burnside and Raphael Wallfisch. The film is narrated by legendary actor, John Hurt.
WHEN will the film be completed?
The film will be fully completed in mid January, ready for its premiere on the 9th February at the Auden Theatre at Gresham’s School and its festival premiere at the Keswick Film Festival later that month. We are entering it for suitable film festivals worldwide and we are very keen to make it available to music festivals, film societies, art house cinemas – anywhere that has an audience that will appreciate a well produced serious film with lots of wonderful music in it. The DVD and Blu-ray disc will be coming out later in the summer, but anyone whose contribution entitles them to a gift disc will receive this prior to the official release.
WHY are we seeking crowd funding?
We didn’t want to make a film that had its subject matter and treatment confined by the commissioning dictates of television broadcasters. That said, we have a broadcast partner – SBS TV in Australia, but they were confident enough to agree funding in advance of the film being made and have no editorial control over it. We also have funding from the Britten – Pears Foundation, the UK tax credit scheme, private equity and an initial crowd funding scheme from friends and colleagues. In order to attain the highest production values, we are now seeking the final ‘top up’ from a wider range of supporters than we have in our address books!
WILL my contribution make a real difference?
Absolutely! The film has been shot, its in the final stages of post production and it will be available for anyone, anywhere in the world to enjoy. BUT, we want to spend the extra money from crowd funding to make it as perfect as we can, which means spending more time and money on grading, dubbing and finishing, so that it looks and sounds wonderful wherever you see it on whichever format. We also want to spend some money to make sure that it gets a proper DVD/Blu-ray authoring, with an interesting bonus disc and a well produced eight page booklet. How many times do you buy a DVD only to find that it has no extras or accompanying booklet? Your contribution will ensure that our film comes to you with all that and more.
WOULD the film have been made without crowd funding?
Probably not. The initial response from people who know and support us was the signal that we needed – that in an age where the usual funders of arts programming are becoming increasingly risk adverse, audiences are demanding work that reflects their sophistication rather than the gradual dumbing down that seems to have become the norm. Crowd funding presents an opportunity for individuals to stake their claim to work that not only entertains, but informs and Capriol Films is very well placed to provide them with such work. ‘Benjamin Britten – Peace and Conflict’ is in a very real sense, your film.
WHAT DO WE OFFER?
Any contribution up to $24. A thank you on our facebook page or website. Email updates from us, with advance notice of screenings, broadcasts and DVD release, wherever you are. Plus the satisfaction that you are helping support an indie arts film.
$24 - $99. All of the above plus your name as a supporter (if requested) in the DVD booklet. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like your name included in the booklet.
$100 - $199. All the above plus a DVD, sent to you prior to the commercial release.
$200 - $799. All the above, plus an invitation for you and a guest to attend a screening in the UK, either in Holt, Norfolk or London, with a Q&A from Tony Britten. Screenings in other cities in the UK and rest of the world may be organised, if there is enough support, or we will send you a bonus Blu-ray disc and a signed page from Tony Britten’s original script if you are unable to attend a screening.
$800. All the above, plus a special mention in the DVD booklet, plus an invitation for you and five guests to attend a screening and Q&A from Tony Britten, followed by a champagne reception. You will also receive a limited edition, signed book of still photographs from the film and If you are not able to attend the screening event, we will send you a copy of Dr. Lucy Walker’s new book, ‘Britten in Pictures’.
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