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Fanny: The Other Mendelssohn

Sheila Hayman | 2023 | 135 MINS
UK
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Take a celebrated musical genius, some sibling rivalry, an unknown manuscript, a dash of sass and one sensational revelation and what have you got? A revelatory new feature documentary starring global pianist, Isata Kanneh-Mason.

★★★★ Peter Bradshaw - The Guardian

In Detail

Anyone who has been to a wedding has enjoyed the soaring musical genius of Felix Mendelssohn - his ‘Wedding March’ may be the best-known classical composition of all time. But Felix was not the only genius in the family. His sister Fanny was also a brilliant composer, yet most people have never heard of her.

Fanny was equal to any of her contemporaries, male or female; technically brilliant and boldly ground-breaking. Yet not until she was 40 did she dare to defy Felix’s disapproval and publish her music under her own name. Tragically, the resulting joy and recognition were short-lived. Less than a year later, Fanny died, and shortly afterwards Felix too – his already poor health exacerbated by grief. Directed by the composer’s great great great granddaughter, BAFTA-winning filmmaker Sheila Hayman.

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