Tony Palmer

Tony Palmer is one of the leading directors of music documentaries and historical drama films in the world. His vast filmography of over one hundred films ranges from early works with The Beatles, Cream, Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa (200 Motels), to the famous portraits with and about Walton, Britten, Stravinsky, Maria Callas, John Osborne, Leonard Cohen (Bird on a Wire), Margot Fonteyn and Menuhin. His 7 hour 45 minutes film on Wagner, starring Richard Burton, Laurence Olivier and Vanessa Redgrave, was described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most beautiful films ever made”. Among over 40 international prizes for his work are 12 Gold Medals at the New York Film & Television Festival, as well as numerous BAFTA (British Academy of Film & Television) EMMY & GRIERSON nominations and awards. An honorary citizen of Athens and New Orleans, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society & DLitt, he is the only person to have won the PRIX ITALIA twice.

Tony Palmer says “Jo was a joy to work with – actually, she was a pain. Never giving me a moment’s peace while she relentlessly, but very skillfully, promoted my work. My Vaughan Williams film, O Thou Transcendent, owed much of its commercial success to her tireless advocacy. You can’t ask for anything more.”

I also worked with him on his film “O Fortuna – Carl Orff and Carmina Burana” getting national media coverage. I recorded voiceover for his film “The Wagner Family”, first shown on ITV South Bank Show in 2010 and now available on DVD.