Originally from Scotland, George Scott is a director of arts and music documentaries, as well as live concert films. His intimate portraits of musicians and artists have received wide acclaim and big audiences, and are renowned for getting ‘under the skin’ of their subjects.
“England’s Other Elizabeth”, his film on Elizabeth Taylor was the highest-rated programme ever in the BBC Omnibus Arts series’ thirty-year history, and in North America aired as part of PBS’s Great Performances strand.
Other portrait subjects have included the story of songwriter-musician and ex-supermodel Carla Bruni, who became the First Lady of France, the life of acclaimed jazz singer Madeleine Peyroux, young American jazz sensation, Melody Gardot and Mercury Prize double-nominee Bat For Lashes.
“A Life In Pop” celebrated 25 years of the Pet Shop Boys and was followed by a documentary on the life of musician and DJ Moby (with an accompanying live concert film), as well as portraits of Barry White and Colombian singer Juanes.
George’s documentary film about reggae legend Toots and the Maytals had a notable list of contributors including Keith Richards, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Cliff and Bonnie Raitt, all wishing to add their insights into one of the ‘greats’ of modern music. His film about one of modern music’s most mercurial talents, Rufus Wainwright (“All I Want”), went Gold in the DVD charts in Canada, and was followed by “Prima Donna”, which told the story of the musician’s journey as he created his first opera. This film in the UK was screened as part of BBC1’s Imagine series, with a feature length version of the film premiering in North America on Sundance Channel.
His classical music films include portraits of Montenegrin guitarist Miloš Karadaglić, and the record breaking German violinist David Garrett. He recently completed filming a concert and a documentary for Deutsche Grammophon on Max Richter’s recomposing of Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”.
For the Classic Album series, he has made films on Peter Gabriel’s “So”, Duran Duran’s “Rio” and Primal Scream’s “Screamadelica” as well as filming the 20th anniversary concert of the album in front of 10,000 people in London’s Olympia.
As Producer, George made Cruel Separation, a self-financed feature-length documentary narrated by Donald Sutherland, which garnered awards across the world on the film festival circuit: it recounted the story of four women widowed in 1973 as a result of General Pinochet’s CIA-backed coup d’état in Chile.
Recent films include a portrait of Neil Sedaka, a biography of Carole King, and a film on maverick talent Roy Harper with contributions from Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin.
He shares his time between London and Glasgow.