Goldcrest Films

Goldcrest Films

Goldcrest Films is a British film production company founded by Jake Eberts in January 1977. [Eberts and Ilott, p. 27.] It enjoyed great success in the 1980s with films such as "Local Hero" (1983), "The Killing Fields" (1984) and "Hope and Glory" (1987) mostly produced by David Puttnam on modest budgets. The company also benefited from the new investment of Channel 4 in film production. The company won two Academy Awards for Best Picture, for "Chariots of Fire" in 1981 and "Gandhi" in 1982. After these initial successes the company backed more expensive productions with established Hollywood stars that often ran over schedule and budget culminating in "Revolution", "The Mission" (1986) and "Absolute Beginners" that all turned out to be box office flops.

In recent years, Goldcrest Films has undergone some major changes, and is once again producing critically acclaimed films. "Elvis and Anabelle", a joint venture with Burnt Orange Productions, premiered at the 2007 South by Southwest film festival to wild applause. Goldcrest Films has also developed into a powerhouse of post-production and foreign sales and distribution. Goldcrest Post was launched in 1992 - located across two key sites in the heart of Soho . One of the UK 's largest facilities, it meets the exacting standards of feature film, broadcast television and all multimedia applications. The London operation comprises five dubbing theatres and sound transfer suites, a specialist deliveries room, and a 60-seat presentation theatre. The luxury penthouse apartments, the production offices and the 60+ cutting rooms all have 200Mb/s access to SohoNet, and are serviced by certified Avid technicians and full-time IT experts. Goldcrest Post has a long and prestigious list of credits including "The Last Emperor", "Saving Private Ryan", "Bridget Jones' Diary" and "Gangs of New York". Recently work has been completed on Stars Wars Episodes I, II & III, "The Magic Roundabout", "Hotel Rwanda", "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", "Batman Begins", "The Brothers Grimm", and "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix". In 2000, a sister facility was launched in New York City's West Village. Goldcrest Post New York incorporates an excellent 50-seat screening room with 35mm and HD/SD Digital Projection and three fully-equipped Dubbing Theatres with ADR and Foley. The entire third floor is dedicated to Sound Design with a proprietary all digital workflow. In addition, there are 23 online and offline picture editing suites, a gigabit network, picture and sound editing suites, production offices and a CGI department. In 2004, Goldcrest Post NY opened their brand new HD/2K Digital Intermediate Theatre. This theatre provides clients with 2k Data or HD Online Editorial and Color Correction services to a large screen. The cinema environment, 16ft by 9ft screen and Dark Chip projector, provide filmmakers with accurate pre-visualization of their films in the Editorial, Visual Effects, and Color Correction stages. Goldcrest Post NY is designed to facilitate the post-production processes for the independent filmmaker. Everything a film needs is all under one roof. The convenience, efficiency and the established digital workflow enable filmmakers to realize their true creative potential. Goldcrest Films' latest venture, Goldcrest Independent, aims to lend the company's extensive experience with studio films to the independent film world. Goldcrest Independent offers independent producers comprehensive sales representation and distribution worldwide. In addition, Goldcrest Independent's extensive financing expertise can provide producers with innovative financing solutions and assistance in structuring of film projects.

Films and series

* "Chariots of Fire" (1981)
* "Gandhi" (1982)
* "An Unsuitable Job for a Woman" (1982)
* "Pink Floyd The Wall" (1982)
* "Secrets" (1983)
* "Forever Young" (1983)
* "Local Hero" (1983)
* "The Ploughman's Lunch" (1983)
* "Runners" (1983)
* "The Dresser" (1983)
* "Winter Flight" (1984)
* "The Frog Prince" (1984)
* "Concealed Enemies" (1984)
* "" (1984)
* "Robin of Sherwood" (1984-1986) (TV series)
* "Another Country" (1984)
* "These Glory Glory Days" (1984)
* "P'tang Yang Kipperbang" (1984)
* "Cal" (1984)
* "The Killing Fields" (1984)
* "Nemo" (1984)
* "Mr. Love" (1985)
* "Dance with a Stranger" (1985)
* "Smooth Talk" (1985)
* "Revolution" (1985)
* "Sharma and Beyond" (1986)
* "Arthur's Hallowed Ground" (1986)
* "Absolute Beginners" (1986)
* "The Mission" (1986)
* "Knights & Emeralds" (1986)
* "White Mischief" (1987)
* "Matewan" (1987)
* "Hope and Glory" (1987)
* "Black Rainbow" (1989)
* "All Dogs Go to Heaven" (1989)
* "Rock-a-Doodle" (1991)
* "Being Human" (1993)
* "Driftwood" (1997)
* "Clockwatchers" (1997)
* "Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis" (1997)
* "Elvis and Anabelle" (2007)


*Eberts, Jake and Illot, Terry (1990). "My Indecision Is Final: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Goldcrest Films". Atlantic Monthly Press. Accessed January 26, 2008

External links

* [ Official website]

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