Mark Kidel is a film-maker, writer and critic specializing in the arts and music. He works mainly in France and the UK. Recent films include “The Juilliard Experiment” (2016) “The Island of 1000 Violins” (2015), “Martin Amis’s England” (2014), “Elvis Costello: Mystery Dance” (2013), “Road Movie: The Music of John Adams” (2013), “Colouring Light: Brian Clarke-An Artist Apart” (2011).
His documentary portraits have included the pianists Alfred Brendel and Leon Fleisher, Ravi Shankar, Balthus, Bill Viola, Norman Foster, Robert Wyatt, Tricky, Derek Jarman, Boy George, and the 20th century composers Varèse and Xenakis.
He has also made a number of films on African music, personal film essays on melancholia, the experience of death and loss in Paris’s Hôpital Laennec, and a ground-breaking series on architecture and symbolism.
He has written widely about music for most of the leading newspapers in the UK. He is a co-founder with Peter Gabriel of WOMAD, the world music festival.


Christian Popp started his career as a producer in 2005. A former commissioning editor at ARTE since 1997, he commissioned more than 30 documentaries, numerous theme evenings and live broadcasting shows. As producer for Interscience film, a French-German production company, he produced more than 20 documentaries and docudramas for the international market. He cofounded the Berlin based DOCDAYS Productions where he produced until 2014 several documentaries and transmedia projects. He has a French-German master's degree in History and Arts. In 2012 he cofounded with Fabrice Estève YUZU Productions. Christian is a member of the European Documentary Network. He works as consultant and moderator for EDN, IDFA, MIA, Visions du Réel and other European institutions.


Nick Ware worked for many years at a senior level in the BBC in channels and commissioning, including as the Managing Editor of BBC Four; Creative Director of BBC Learning, and Commissioning Executive for Arts Programmes. He also was channel controller of the not-for-profit Community Channel and channel manager of The Africa Channel. Nick is now a producer working with international directors, including Sour Grapes, directed by Jerry Rothwell and Reuben Atlas, Bogdan’s Journey directed by MichaƂ Jaskulski and Larry Loewinger and The Most Fearless by Heather Kessinger. Nick has worked in distribution, is also a consultant, tutor and moderator at festivals and is International Director of the Indian Documentary Foundation.


A film by
Mark Kidel

written by
Mark Kidel with Nick Ware

Cyril Leuthy

Jean-Marie Delorme

The Insects and Adrian Utley

Doug Dunderdale - Elliot Hartley - Sara Lima - Andreas Schlueter

Post-production editing
Andrew Findlay

Color grading
Grégoire Ausina

Sound editing & mixing
Adam Wolny

Editorial advisor
Mark Glancy

Judy Balaban
Mark Glancy
Jennifer Grant
Barbara Jaynes
David Thomson

The words of Cary Grant spoken by
Jonathan Pryce

Mark Kidel
Letters of Elsie Leach
Fiona Mackenzie

Archive researchers
Joan Cohen (United States) - Tim Jordan (England)
Archive coordinator, additional research Eugénie Gaubert

Karen Shatzkin - Shatzkin & Mayer, PC

José Fumanal - Christophe Guyon

Set designer - ADC
Valérie Valéro
Design assistants
Corentin Harlé - Federica Mugnai
Wardrobe supervisor Laure Villemer
Hair stylist
Stéphane Cavallié
Sound engineer
Olivier Le Vacon
Camera assistant
Grégoire Ausina
Scouting supervisor
Carole Reinhard

Christian Popp - Nick Ware

Production manager
Katya Laraison
Production administrator
Philippe Bedfert
Post-production assistant
Juliette Hourçourigaray
Shoot production assistants
Pierre Larrieu - Undine Markus - Elliot Hancock-Baxter
Editing assistant
Pascale Allibert
Production interns
Pierrick Boyer – Hélène Carbonnel - Maeva Ranc – Juliette Vallençant

Shoot & picture post-production
Additional light
Bam Studio
Sound studio
Molinare TV & Film limited - Christchurch Studios
Circle-Line - Elliot - Les Films d’Ici
Post-production editing
The Farm
Post-production sound

Barbara Jaynes & Jennifer Grant

Cari Beauchamp
Joan Juliet Buck
David Jaynes
Quincy Jones
Tom Luddy
Pierre Rissient

Sylvette Baudrot, Marilyn Belbenoit, Pascale Borenstein, Tom Byrne, Mark Cosgrove, Charlotte Crofts, Lilyane Crosnier, Juliette Domenge, Vanessa Dylyn, Peter Ettedgui, Mathilde Faisant, Jérôme Flauto, Ségolène Fossard, Ludovic Fossard, Frédérique Gerardin, Andrew Hilton, Tracie Holder, Ian Humphreys, Dorna Khazeni, Anna Kidel, Susan Kidel, Simon Kilmurry, Naomi Knott, Benjamin Landsberger, Jérôme Lasserre, Roger Law, Jawad Lemniai, Laurent Lesourd, Cynthia Liebow, Anastasia Mann, Paul McGann, Arnaud Méthivier, Olivier Mille, Tom Morris, Stuart Napier, Adriek van Nieuwenhuyzen, Maxime Owyszer, Harold Presson, Madeleine Probst, Anne Pruvost, Dayse Ramos, Marijke Rawie, Deborah Rawlings, Catherine Siméon, Bernard Payen, Serge Toubiana, Charlotte Uzu, Nam Phan Van Song, Yann Varenne, Danielle Voirin, Nancy Walker, Piers Wehner

Tim Beasley - UK Film Location
Robert De Young - Lowlands Media
Allie Dillon - Bristol Record Office
Linda Harris Mehr - Margaret Herrick Library
Stella Man - Glenside Hospital
Anda Rowland and all the tailors - Anderson & Sheppard
Diana Smith – Wounded Buffalo


A production
YUZU Productions
Christian Popp & Fabrice Estève

In association with
ro*co films productions

Executive producers
Annie Roney & Sue Turley

In coproduction with
ARTE France
Arts Department Emelie de Jong
Head of documentaries
Ali Delici
Commissioning Editor
Nathalie Verdier

Line producer - England
Calliope Media Ltd – Mark Kidel

With the participation of
With the support of the
Procirep - Société des Producteurs and ANGOA
and the support of
Creative Europe – MEDIA Programme of the European Union

With the participation of
Ciné +, unité de programme Bruno Deloye
Czech Television
RTS Radio Télévision Suisse
S.H. Channel 8

Produced with the assistance of
Foxtel Arts

In association with
Planete+ Poland
Sky Arte HD Italia
Sky Arts New Zealand

International distribution –
ARTE France

© YUZU Productions - ARTE France - 2017