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Margy Kinmonth

Award-winning Film Director and Producer, making bold, internationally acclaimed films about biography, art, and culture, working with world class artists and institutions.

Margy’s latest film Revolution – New Art for a New World is dedicated to the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution. Her previous films include Hermitage Revealed (she worked on it with Piotrovsky) and Royal Paintbox (she worked on it with HRH The Prince of Wales). She has directed films about ballet and opera, Nutcracker Story and Mariinsky Theatre (she worked on them with Gergiev). Margy has won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary Series, the Royal Television Society Award for Best Arts Film, and The Creative Originality Award from Women in Film & Television.

 

I am very grateful indeed to the Likhachev Foundation for awarding me the prestigious Likhachev Fellowship in 2017, enabling me as a film director to research, write and set up my new film, which celebrates the History of Russian Theatre. The story tracks the unique lives and destinies of legendary Russian stars of stage and screen, who have created Russia’s cultural history and today carry this flag all over the world. The film stresses the importance of tradition alongside innovation, demonstrating how Russia has handed down its creativity through the centuries and showing how Russia's cultural identity has travelled throughout the world, shaped by its extraordinary history.  I am working closely with the State Theatre Museum in St Petersburg, which in 2018 has its 110th Anniversary, as well as celebrating the anniversary of choreographer Marius Petipa.

As a result of the invaluable assistance of the Likhachev Foundation, their all important sponsors, supporters, diplomatic partnerships and research team, I have been able to meet with organisations and foundations in St Petersburg and Moscow in order to develop the project. This development period plays a valuable creative role in allowing me to immerse myself totally in the territory, scouting locations and visiting the fascinating apartment museums. I spent time with the curators who took me behind the scenes, showed me their costume stores, historic unseen photographic archives, rare musical instruments, sets, art and theatre design archives. We have been able to start the all important search for descendants and potential on-screen contributors. During my stay I observed first hand and was inspired by so much ballet, music, and opera - rehearsed, taught and performed daily across the city.