New Documentary on the Creation and Significance of Iconic Musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF Set For UK Theatrical Release This December
NEW DOCUMENTARY ON THE CREATION AND SIGNIFICANCE OF ICONIC MUSICAL ‘FIDDLER ON THE ROOF’ SET FOR UK THEATRICAL RELEASE THIS DECEMBER
Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions are delighted to announce that they will release Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles - the first in-depth documentary film that chronicles the story of the iconic, award-winning 1964 musical ‘Fiddler On The Roof', its creation and significance, in UK cinemas from 13th December 2019.
Directed by Max Lewkowicz, written and produced by Max Lewkowicz and Valerie Thomas, Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles features interviews with: Lyricist Sheldon Harnick, Hal Prince, Austin Pendleton, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Joel Grey, Chaim Topol, Harvey Fierstein, Fran Lebowitz, Calvin Trillin and Nathan Englander.
Fiddler On The Roof is the story of all immigrants and refugees trying to escape persecution in their homeland, of the Jewish immigrant coming to America, of the fraying of tradition, generational tension, and the loss of roots. It is a universal tale of fathers and daughters, mothers and sons trying to maintain some order in their lives amidst the rapid changes that every generation must forge. It is a spectacle that is at once awe-inspiring and accessible, a cultural landmark like no other. And more than ever, it is relevant to today. And yet, the story of how this treasure came to be and the significance it has had on our culture has never been told on film.
Opening in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof held the record for the longest running musical for almost 10 years, won nine Tony Awards, and spawned five Broadway revivals. The show is still performed more than any other show, from middle schools in inner cities to high schools in rural America, around the world from grand state theatres in Japan and Vienna to Johannesburg and Mexico City. It was the first major musical on the American stage to feature not one American character, telling of the trials and tribulations of a venerated Jewish milkman trying to eke out a living in a small Jewish shtetl in Czarist Russia.
Rather than use a narrator, the story is told primarily through a tapestry of interviews. One of the great assets of Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles is Sheldon Harnick, the lyricist of Fiddler on the Roof, who is still vibrant and working at 95 years of age. “In fact, it is Sheldon who was the impetus for us to make the film,” says producer Valerie Thomas. “We saw him speak in lower Manhattan, listened to him tell some of the many stories of how Fiddler was created, and we knew not only was the subject a rich and fascinating foundation for a film, but that Sheldon was the perfect guide.”
FIDDLER: A MIRACLE OF MIRACLES is released in UK Cinemas from December 13
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Samuel Goldwyn Films is a major, independently owned and operated motion-picture company that develops, produces and distributes innovative feature films and documentaries.
The company is dedicated to working with both world-renowned and emerging writers/filmmakers and committed to filmed entertainment that offers original voices in uniquely told stories. This is best exemplified by the Academy Award® nominated SUPER SIZE ME; Sundance winner GOOK written and directed by Justin Chon; the critically acclaimed feature debut by Francis Lee GOD’S OWN COUNTRY; SXSW winner MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND; the high-school drama BLAME directed, written, and starring Quinn Shephard; LGBTQ musical drama SATURDAY CHURCH; ALLURE starring Evan Rachel Wood; Warwick Thornton’s Australian western SWEET COUNTRY starring Sam Neill, Bryan Brown, and Hamilton Morris; the Wim Wenders film, starring James McAvoy and Academy Award winner® Alicia Vikander, SUBMERGENCE; the family film ZOO; NANCY, a psychological thriller starring Andrea Riseborough; COLD SKIN from director Xavier Gens; A BOY A GIRL A DREAM starring Omari Hardwick and Meagan Good, and Ondi Timoner’s bio-pic MAPPLETHORPE starring Matt Smith’; SUMMER NIGHT starring Lena Condor and Victoria Justice; the Karen Gillan & David Dastmalchian lead film ALL CREATURES HERE BELOW, the action-packed film starring Scott Adkins AVENGEMENT; and Hari Sama’s film THIS IS NOT BERLIN. Upcoming North American releases include Sci-Fi/Fantasy PARADISE HILLS starring Emma Roberts; horror/thriller film starring Patrick Schwarzenegger and Miles Robbins DANIEL ISN’T REAL; road trip comedy COME AS YOU ARE; and JUDY AND PUNCH.