Award-winning UK documentary to be screened in Hanoi, Da Nang

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Documentary film "˜Elgar The man behind the mask' by famous British director John Bridcut will be screened in Hanoi and Da Nang City respectively on June 9 and 15.

The film, which won the Czech Crystal award for Best Documentary at Golden Prague TV Festival 2010 and BAFTA Television Craft Award 2011 for Sound (Factual), is among a wide selection of documentary films at this year's EUNIC Documentary Film Festival.

According to a press release from the British Council, Edward Elgar, the composer of "˜Land of Hope and Glory' is often regarded as the quintessential English gentleman. But his image of hearty nobility was deliberately contrived.

"In this revelatory portrait of a musical genius, John Bridcut explores the secret conflicts in Elgar's nature which produced some of Britain's greatest music," says the release.

The film features specially-filmed performances by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Crouch End Festival Chorus and the Schola Cantorum of Oxford with works by Elgar.

John Bridcut is a documentary director for British television. He has had a lifelong enthusiasm for English music, and his feature-length films Britten's Children (2004) and The Passions of Vaughan Williams (2008) have won awards.

In 2008, he produced a BBC documentary "Charles at 60: The Passionate Prince for the BBC". Other film subjects have included Rudolf Nureyev, Roald Dahl, Hillary Clinton, and the Queen.

In Hanoi, the film will be screened at 6 p.m. at National Documentary and Scientific Film Studio of Vietnam, 465 Hoang Hoa Tham Street. Entrance is free.

The show's time in Da Nang City's FAFILM Vietnam, 79 Quang Trung Street is 7 p.m. Entrance is free.

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