Goldcrest Films

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Goldcrest Films
Industry Media, Entertainment
Founded 1977
Founder(s) Jake Eberts
Website http://www.goldcrestfilms.com/

Goldcrest Films is a British film production company founded by Jake Eberts in January 1977.1 It enjoyed great success in the 1980s with films such as Local Hero (1983), The Killing Fields (1984) and Hope and Glory (1987) mostly produced by David Puttnam on modest budgets. The company also benefited from the new investment of Channel 4 in film production. The company won two Academy Awards for Best Picture, for Chariots of Fire in 1981 and Gandhi in 1982. After these initial successes the company backed more expensive productions with established Hollywood stars that often ran over schedule and budget culminating in Revolution, The Mission (1986) and Absolute Beginners that all turned out to be box office flops.

In recent years, Goldcrest Films has relaunched.

Financing Arm

Goldcrest Films' financing arms, Goldcrest Pictures and Goldcrest Capital Partners, structure transactions in the media sector. From 2006 to 2008 — the first two years of operation — the companies provided services on 18 films, including Twilight, Tropic Thunder, Knowing, Eagle Eye, Revolutionary Road and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. Goldcrest Capital also raises funds and provides services on UK independent feature films. The first two films of this new initiative are Andrea Arnold’s upcoming Wuthering Heights - produced by Douglas Rae and Robert Bernstein of Ecosse Films and Kevin Loader and co-financed with the UK Film Council, Film4 and Screen Yorkshire - and Phyllida Lloyd’s biopic of Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady, starring 16-time Oscar nominee Meryl Streep and produced by Damian Jones for Pathé, Film4 and the UK Film Council with the participation of Canal+ and Cine Cinema.

Filmography

Film Title and Year US Release Date Budget Gross (worldwide)
Chariots of Fire (1981) March 1981 $5.5 million $58,972,904
Escape from New York (1981) July 10, 1981 $6 million $50,000,000
Gandhi (1982) December 3, 1982 $22 million $52,767,889 (US only)
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1982) April 26, 1985 N/A N/A
Pink Floyd The Wall (1982) August 6, 1982 $12 million $22,244,207
Secrets (1983) August 17, 1984 N/A N/A
Local Hero (1983) February 17, 1983 N/A $5,895,761
The Ploughman's Lunch (1983) October 19, 1984 N/A N/A
Runners (1983) August 1983 N/A N/A
The Dresser (1983) December 9, 1983 N/A $5,310,748
Another Country (1984) June 29, 1984 N/A N/A
Cal (1984) August 24, 1984 N/A N/A
The Killing Fields (1984) November 2, 1984 $14.4 million $34,700,291
Nemo (1984) December 12, 1984 N/A N/A
Mr. Love (1985) April 25, 1986 £486,000 $4,264
Dance with a Stranger (1985) August 9, 1985 N/A $2,260,519
Smooth Talk (1985) November 17, 1985 N/A $16,785
Revolution (1985) December 25, 1985 $28 million $346,761
The Frog Prince (1986) October 5, 1986 £896,000 N/A
Winter Flight (1986) February 14, 1986 N/A $2,729
Absolute Beginners (1986) April 18, 1986 £8.4 million $1,010,313
The Mission (1986) May 24, 1986 $24.5 million $17,218,023
Knights & Emeralds (1986) October 1986 £1.1 million N/A
White Mischief (1987) May 1988 $5.3 million $3,107,551
Matewan (1987) August 28, 1987 $4 million $1,680,358
Hope and Glory (1987) November 13, 1987 $3 million $10,021,120
Black Rainbow (1989) December 5, 1991 $7 million N/A
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989) November 17, 1989 $13.8 million $27,100,027
Rock-a-Doodle (1991) April 3, 1992 $18 million $11,657,385
Driftwood (1997) March 28, 1997 N/A N/A
Clockwatchers (1997) May 15, 1998 N/A $537,948
Jinnah (1998) November 7, 1998 $6 million N/A
Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis (1997) January 16, 1998 N/A £46,244
Elvis and Anabelle (2007) March 10, 2007 N/A N/A
Cass (2008) August 1, 2008 N/A N/A
The Iron Lady (2011) December 26, 2011 $13,000,000 $114,943,631

TV films and series

References

  1. ^ Eberts and Ilott, p. 27.
  • Eberts, Jake and Illot, Terry (1990). My Indecision Is Final: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Goldcrest Films. Atlantic Monthly Press. Accessed January 26, 2008

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