Released in the Britten anniversary year, Richard Farnes, the Music Director of Opera North who led their critically acclaimed production of 'The Turn of the Screw' in 2010, conducts an all-English cast in Britten’s most ingeniously crafted opera, including Andrew Kennedy, Sally Matthews, and 11-year old Michael Clayton-Jolly in the role of Miles.
The Cuban Missile Crisis may well have been the single most dangerous moment in the history of mankind. In this documentary the story is told in the words of eyewitnesses from the US, the former USSR and Cuba: the men and women who saw Kennedy, Khrushchev and Castro up close as they gambled with the future of the planet. As one of them says, 'The world almost came to an end in October 1962.' Alongside intimate recollections of the crisis's more familiar moments, the film uses new and revealing interviews with key witnesses and experts, including Sergei Khrushchev, son of the former Soviet premier, and Kennedy's trusted advisor Ted Sorensen.