“A meticulous, heartbreaking tour de force”
The Guardian ★★★★
This striking and moving documentary from BAFTA nominated directors, Jacqui and David Morris, traces the extraordinary life of Rudolf Nureyev, the most famous male dancer, who transcended fame in the dance world to become a pop culture icon of his time. It charts his rise from humble beginnings, to his eventual defection to the West, an event that shocked the world. The film contextualises not just the man but also the times in which he lived, discussing the politically charged divide between Russia and the West and the critical role that Nureyev played as a cultural and global phenomenon. It also portrays his enduring relationship with his beloved dance partner, Dame Margot Fonteyn, the most famed Prima Ballerina of the Royal Ballet.
Blending never-before-seen footage, an original score by award-winning composer Alex Baranowski, and a spellbinding series of exclusive modern dance tableaux directed by Royal Ballet alumnus Russell Maliphant, Nureyev is a theatrical and cinematic experience like no other. Distributed by Piece of Magic Entertainment to cinema audiences across the globe, Nureyev brings over 16 minutes of never-before-seen footage, and is officially supported by Rudolph Nureyev Foundation and GAY PRIDE Worldwide.
- Director: Jacqui Morris, David Morris
- Producers: Jacqui Morris, Trevor Beattie
- Composer: Alex Baranowski
- Production company: Little Compton films, Rattling stick
- Running time: 109 minutes
- Release from: September 2018
- Festival participations: Docaviv, London BFI Film festival