Award & Press Comments

 What the Papers say…

‘Stephane Grappelli – A life in the jazz century’  

 Paul and Stephane

Gold Camera (USA International Film & Video Festival)  

BAFTA nominated     Stéphane Grappelli and Paul Balmer taking time out from filming in Stéphane’s Montmartre flat  


5-star review ✰✰✰✰✰ - superb production values (BBC Music Magazine)

A masterpiece (Just Jazz Guitar - USA)

Immaculate … a fine film with music that has a lifetime guarantee (Mojo)

Indispensable (Jazz Hot – Paris)

A beautiful and well-mounted film (Time Out)

Three value-packed hours of good music and interview (London Evening Standard)

  5-star review ✰✰✰✰✰ - An excellent production … highly recommended (DVD Review)

The finest documentary of a musician’s life I have ever seen (Fanfare - USA)

Immaculate … the best introduction to DVD jazz you can buy at present (Jazz Review)

One of the best DVD releases I’ve yet seen (Jazz Journal International)

˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜˜5-star review ✰✰✰✰✰ If you want comprehensive this is it (What DVD)

The definitive document … movie 8 – extras 9 (DVD Monthly)

The unheralded quality of material and cinematic grace of Paul Balmer’s documentary raise the art to a new level … makes excellent use of the DVD format (The Strad)

If you want to know what the future of DVD is going to be like right now take a look at this Music on Earth release (DVD Laser Disc Newsletter – USA)

Recorded to the highest quality image and audio standards, this really is about as close as anyone’s likely to get to a definitive collection that marks one of the great eras in modern music (Guitar Magazine)                                                                                                              



What the Papers say

‘julian bream – my life in music’

 paul and julian



DVD of the Year   (Gramophone)  

Awarded for creative  excellence(USA International Film & Video Festival)    

 Julian Bream and director Paul Balmer on stage at The Maltings – May 2003  

 ˜˜5-star review ✰✰✰✰✰ - This film is rather more than the conventional interview-music-interview portrait, and an all-too-rare example of how to maximise the resources of DVDOutstanding. (BBC Music Magazine) 

 The finest film contribution to the classic guitar ever ... a masterpiece (Graham Wade)

 A magical two hours (Classical Music)

 … perfectly encapsulates a noble musician who takes what he does incredibly seriously … highly compelling viewing (International Record Review)

˜˜˜5-star review  ✰✰✰✰✰ ˜ “… Essential viewing … for all classical guitar enthusiasts  …”  (Guitar Techniques)

˜˜˜˜˜5-star review ✰✰✰✰✰ a music DVD Masterpiece  anyone interested in the history of the guitar in the 20th Century will be stunned and delighted … fabulous. (Record Collector Review)

˜˜˜˜˜5-star review ✰✰✰✰✰ ˜˜˜˜˜ … well made, interesting documentary paints an affectionate portrait of perhaps the greatest of living classical guitarists.(Classic FM Magazine)

  “An excellent 123-minute profile… great archival footage … good performance sequences … stereo surround sound is smooth and rich … video image is crisp, with vivid colors.” (DVD Laser Disc Newsletter)

  “… enjoy this beautifully produced biopic of a superbly sensitive artist for the pleasure and insights it provides …” (Classical Guitar Magazine)

 ‘Masterley’ (Sir David Attenborough)