Goldcrest Films is an independent British distribution, production, post production, and finance company. Operating from London and New York, Goldcrest is a privately owned integrated filmed entertainment company.
Goldcrest Films oversees the production, distribution and marketing of films produced by Goldcrest and third-party acquisition in addition to monetising Goldcrest's library of over 100 titles. Goldcrest Films recent slate includes Slumber, Come and Find Me, Stonewall (directed by Roland Emmerich), BBC's EARTH: One Amazing Day (directed by Peter Webber), and Joe Dante's Labirintus.
Goldcrest was founded as Goldcrest Films International by Jake Eberts in January 1977 as a feature film enterprise. As of 1981, the UK National Coal Board Pension Fund was a major stakeholder in this company.
It enjoyed success in the 1980s with films such as Chariots of Fire (1981), Gandhi (1982), Local Hero (1983), The Killing Fields (1984), Hope and Glory (1987), All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989), and A Room With a View (1985). 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 (1985), The Mission (1986) and Absolute Beginners (1986) that all disappointed at the box office, despite The Mission winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.
Pearson Longman established Goldcrest Films and Television in 1981, led by the founder of Goldcrest Films, John Eberts, and chaired by James Lee, chief executive of Pearson Longman. At incept, the new concern owned 40% of Goldcrest Films.
Goldcrest Post Production opened in Soho, London in 1982 and in West Village, New York in 2000. Recent expansion and investment has culminated in the opening of central London's largest purpose built Dolby ATMOS Premier sound mixing theatre at Goldcrest's Dean Street, Soho premises. Offering full picture and sound post production services to both the Film and Television industry Goldcrest Post Production credits include Jason Bourne, Carol, American Honey, Morgan, The Danish Girl.
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 were Andrea Arnold's 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. This starred Meryl Streep and was produced by Damian Jones for Pathé, Film4 and the UK Film Council with the participation of Canal+ and Cine Cinema.
|Film Title and Year||US Release Date||Budget||Gross (worldwide)|
|Chariots of Fire (1981)||March 1981||$5.5 million||$59 million|
|Escape from New York (1981)||July 10, 1981||$6 million||$50 million|
|Gandhi (1982)||December 3, 1982||$22 million||$52.8 million (US only)|
|An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1982)||April 26, 1985||N/A||N/A|
|Secrets (1983)||August 17, 1984||N/A||N/A|
|Local Hero (1983)||February 17, 1983||N/A||$5.9 million|
|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||$5.3 million|
|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||$34.7 million|
|Nemo (1984)||December 12, 1984||N/A||N/A|
|The Plague Dogs (1985)||January 9, 1985||N/A||N/A|
|Dance with a Stranger (1985)||August 9, 1985||N/A||$2.3 million|
|Smooth Talk (1985)||November 17, 1985||N/A||$16,785|
|Revolution (1985)||December 25, 1985||$28 million||$346,761|
|Mr. Love (1985)||April 25, 1986||£486,000||$4,264|
|The Frog Prince (1986)||October 5, 1986||$1.5 million||N/A|
|Winter Flight (1986)||February 14, 1986||N/A||$2,729|
|Absolute Beginners (1986)||April 18, 1986||£8.4 million||$1 million|
|The Mission (1986)||May 24, 1986||$24.5 million||$17.2 million|
|Knights & Emeralds (1986)||October 1986||£1.1 million||N/A|
|White Mischief (1987)||May 1988||$5.3 million||$3.1 million|
|Matewan (1987)||August 28, 1987||$4 million||$1.7 million|
|Hope and Glory (1987)||November 13, 1987||$3 million||$10 million|
|Black Rainbow (1989)||December 5, 1991||$7 million||N/A|
|All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)||November 17, 1989||$13.8 million||$27.1 million|
|Rock-a-Doodle (1992)||April 3, 1992||$18 million||$11.7 million|
|Driftwood (1997)||March 28, 1997||N/A||N/A|
|Clockwatchers (1997)||May 15, 1998||N/A||$537,948|
|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 million||$114.9 million|
TV films and seriesEdit
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- "Goldcrest launches Earth One Amazing Day for Cannes: A feature film from BBC Earth Films and SMG Pictures" (Press release). BBC. 25 April 2016. Retrieved 2 Sep 2020.
- Labirintus on IMDb
- Eberts and Ilott, p. 27.
- Barker, Dennis (3 July 1981). "Pearson builds on Trident deal". The Guardian. United Kingdom. p. 15. Retrieved 2 Sep 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- Oscars (24 November 2010). Chariots of Fire Wins Best Picture: 1982 (Online video). YouTube. Retrieved 2 Sep 2020.
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- Oscars (2013). Gandhi and Richard Attenborough Win Best Picture and Directing: 1983 Oscars (Online video). YouTube.
- "The 55th Academy Awards | 1983". Oscars. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Best Picture. Retrieved 2 Sep 2020.
- Stratton, David (May 21, 1986). "English-Lingo Blitz Hits French Fest". Variety. p. 3.