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BBC – Ballet’s Dark Knight: Sir Kenneth Macmillan (2018)

BBC Ballets Dark Knight Sir Kenneth MacMillan

Film exploring the life and work of celebrated yet controversial choreographer Sir Kenneth MacMillan whose pioneering creativity unleashed over sixty new ballets that changed the dance landscape forever. Weaving together stunning specially shot performance footage, never-before-seen family super 8 home movies and MacMillan’s own voice from the archives, alongside those who were closest to him, the documentary reveals MacMillan to have been a complex figure who lit up the ballet world with his bold choreographic genius while struggling privately with alcoholism, anxiety, and depression.

Packed full of extraordinary ballet excerpts showcasing a wide range of MacMillan’s work including Romeo and Juliet, Manon and Mayerling, the programme also offers a surprisingly moving and intimate portrait of a true giant of 20th-century culture. Featuring contributions from MacMillan’s family, Darcey Bussell, Dame Monica Mason and Sir Anthony Dowell.

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