Film Screening - John Craxton: A Life of Gifts
6 - 7.30pm
£15 (£13.50 for Friends)
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Join us for a screening of Tony Britten’s film, John Craxton: A Life of Gifts inspired by the book by Ian Collins.
Based on Ian Collins’ (our exhibition curator) book of the same name, this fascinating and deeply personal documentary film delves into the life of John Craxton and his artistic family.
John Craxton: A Life of Gifts was created by the acclaimed musician and filmmaker, Tony Britten.
The screening will be introduced by the film’s producer, Anwen Hurt, who will be around to answer any of your questions.
Tickets cost £15 (13.50 for Friends) and include a glass of wine or a soft drink. Drinks are served at 6pm in Room 11 where the film will be shown.
Our galleries, including the John Craxton: A Modern Odyssey and Jake Grewal: Some days I feel more alive exhibitions will be open until 6pm. If you would also like to visit the exhibitions, you can book your a half-price ticket here. (Entry to the galleries is not included in event ticket).
Director - Tony Britten
John Britten is a musician and film director. He studied at Trinity School, Croydon, and the Royal College of Music before launching his career as a theatre musical director, collaborating on shows like Godspell, The Rocky Horror Show, and Oliver! with Cameron Mackintosh. He later worked at the National Theatre as an arranger and musical director. Transitioning to film and television, Britten conducted for productions like RoboCop and collaborated with director Clive Donner.
In 1992, he was commissioned by UEFA to arrange the Champions League anthem, drawing inspiration from Handel’s Zadok the Priest. This piece was performed by London’s Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields.
Britten has composed music for various projects. Notably, he composed the music for the Christmas special Mole’s Christmas in 1994. In 1999, he wrote and directed Bohème, a film inspired by Puccini’s opera, which was aired on Five and Artsworld. In 2007, Britten directed a film adaptation of Oliver Goldsmith’s comedy, She Stoops to Conquer, for Sky Arts. He also composed the official anthem for the Mustafa V. Koç Sports Award that year.
In addition to his musical and directorial achievements, Britten directed films, including a documentary about Benjamin Britten, titled Peace and Conflict (2013).