UK (2019), 90 min.

Director: John Bridcut

The British Council

In her first documentary for more than 35 years, Dame Janet Baker, arguably Britain’s greatest classical singer of the 20th century, talks more openly and emotionally than ever before about her career and her life today. In discussing the pitfalls of public performance, she illustrates the steel as well as the tenderness that enabled her to overcome them. The film gets to the heart of how and why the greatest classical music speaks to people so profoundly, as fellow-artists such as Joyce DiDonato, Raymond Leppard, André Previn and Imogen Cooper listen to her singing and pinpoint her moments of genius. But it is also a film that puts music in the context of the broader universal themes of ageing, love and loss.