Director: David Hinton
Narrator: Martin Scorsese
Producer: Nick Varley (Ten Thousand and 86) Matt Wells (Ice Cream Films)
Executive Producers: Martin Scorsese, Mark Thomas, Mark Bell, Will Clarke, Rose Garnett
Production Company: Ten Thousand and 86 and Ice Cream Films
Screen Scotland support: The film received £130,650 through Screen Scotland’s Film Development and Production Fund to support this ambitious co-production.
Producing, writing, and directing, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger created some of great classics of the British golden age including The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus, A Matter of Life and Death and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp. In the words of Martin Scorsese their films were “grand, poetic, wise, adventurous, headstrong, enraptured by beauty, deeply romantic, and completely uncompromising”.
Scorsese takes the audience on a very personal journey as we hear how, from a young age he was captivated by their films, how they helped shape his own filmmaking and how a later friendship with Michael Powell left an indelible mark on his own life. Brought to life with rare archival material from the personal collections of Powell, Pressburger and Scorsese, the story is told using diaries, audio recordings, home movies, personal snapshots and of course the films themselves.