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 and the 1990s 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), A Room With a View (1985), the cult television series Robin of Sherwood (1984–86) and the live-action/animated musical comedy film Rock-a-Doodle (1991). 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.
On June 11, 1985, Goldcrest Films had set up a deal with Japanese financer Nippon Herald to finance pictures for up to $2 million. The company ran into financial difficulties, and eventually seeking bids from UK firms in 1987, which included George Walker, and Hemdale, who had a successful film reputation, were offering bids from the studio, but they turned down each time. After attempted takers, Masterman, which was jointly owned by Brent Walker and Ensign Trust would be shown as a possible buyer for the Goldcrest holdings, of which they outbid various offers from other companies, which included a joint bid of Granada Television, the ITV franchisee, and home video and feature film distributor Virgin Vision, which has been touted among other firms.
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.
|Chariots of Fire||1981||$5.5 million||$59 million|
|Escape from New York||1981||$6 million||$50 million|
|Gandhi||1982||$22 million||$52.8 million (US only)|
|An Unsuitable Job for a Woman||1982||N/A||N/A|
|The Plague Dogs||1983||N/A||N/A|
|Local Hero||1983||N/A||$5.9 million|
|The Ploughman's Lunch||1983||N/A||N/A|
|The Dresser||1983||N/A||$5.3 million|
|The Killing Fields||1984||$14.4 million||$34.7 million|
|Dance with a Stranger||1985||N/A||$2.3 million|
|The Frog Prince||1986||$1.5 million||N/A|
|Absolute Beginners||1986||£8.4 million||$1 million|
|The Mission||1986||$24.5 million||$17.2 million|
|Knights & Emeralds||1986||£1.1 million||N/A|
|White Mischief||1987||$5.3 million||$3.1 million|
|Matewan||1987||$4 million||$1.7 million|
|Hope and Glory||1987||$3 million||$10 million|
|Black Rainbow||1989||$7 million||N/A|
|All Dogs Go to Heaven||1989||$13.8 million||$27.1 million|
|Rock-a-Doodle||1991||$18 million||$11.7 million|
|Space Truckers||1996||$25 million||$1,614,266|
|Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis||1997||N/A||£46,244|
|Elvis and Anabelle||2007||N/A||N/A|
|The Iron Lady||2011||$13 million||$114.9 million|
|Forever Young||1983||First Love|
|P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang||1984||First Love|
|Those Glory Glory Days||1984||First Love|
|Tottie: The Story of a Doll's House||1984|
|Robin of Sherwood||1984–86|
|Sharma and Beyond||1986||First Love|
|Arthur's Hallowed Ground||1986||First Love|