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Canadian Jake Eberts founded Goldcrest in 1977, as a development finance company for feature film projects. Its first investment was a modest £11,250 in Ken Loach's Black Jack (1979), a box-office failure. Some years later, and in stark contrast, its final venture as an independent company involved a massive investment of around £35 million in three films - Revolution (UK/Nor, d. Hugh Hudson, 1985), The Mission (d. Roland Joffé, 1985) and Absolute Beginners (d. Julien Temple, 1986). The films did share one feature with Loach's film - box-office failure - but the losses on the high-budget pictures brought Goldcrest to the brink of bankruptcy and it was sold to the Brent Walker combine in 1987.

During the intervening years, with financial backing from the Pearson Longman media conglomerate, Goldcrest became a leading name in British cinema and a major source of production finance for British films. David Puttnam and Richard Attenborough joined the company's board as non-executive directors, and Sandy Lieberson was head of production for a brief period.

After the success of Chariots of Fire (d. Hugh Hudson, 1981), in which Goldcrest had a modest investment, the company became closely identified with the renaissance of the British film with a number of its titles winning prestigious Oscars. It was involved in various ways, from modest development support to major production financing, in many important films of the period including Gandhi (UK/Ind, d. Richard Attenborough, 1982), Local Hero (d. Bill Forsyth, 1983), The Killing Fields (d. Roland Joffé, 1984) Cal (d. Pat O'Connor, 1984), The Dresser (d. Peter Yates, 1984), Dance with a Stranger (d. Mike Newell, 1984), A Room with a View (d. James Ivory, 1985), and Hope and Glory (d. John Boorman, 1987).

Eberts, Jake and Terry Ilott, My Indecision Is Final (1990).

Tom Ryall, Encyclopedia of British Film

Selected credits

Thumbnail image of Another Country (1984)Another Country (1984)

Rupert Everett stars in a tale of public school sexual and political rebellion

Thumbnail image of Chariots of Fire (1981)Chariots of Fire (1981)

Oscar-winning story of two British Olympic athletes

Thumbnail image of Dance With a Stranger (1984)Dance With a Stranger (1984)

Miranda Richardson's breakthrough role as murderess Ruth Ellis

Thumbnail image of Local Hero (1983)Local Hero (1983)

Bill Forsyth's gentle comedy about a Texan oilman in Scotland

Thumbnail image of Ploughman's Lunch, The (1983)Ploughman's Lunch, The (1983)

Political drama about a ruthless journalist abandoning his principles

Thumbnail image of Unsuitable Job for a Woman, An (1981)Unsuitable Job for a Woman, An (1981)

Imaginative, underrated adaptation of the P.D.James detective thriller

Thumbnail image of Far Pavilions, The (1984)Far Pavilions, The (1984)

Lavish drama series set in India during the British Raj

Thumbnail image of P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang (1982)P'tang, Yang, Kipperbang (1982)

Jack Rosenthal's engaging tale of a cricket-obsessed schoolboy's first love

Thumbnail image of Robin of Sherwood (1984-86)Robin of Sherwood (1984-86)

A new incarnation - or two - of the hooded outlaw for the acquisitive 80s

Thumbnail image of Those Glory Glory Days (1983)Those Glory Glory Days (1983)

Nostalgic story of a young girl's obsession with Tottenham Hotspur FC

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