Issue 2
Monday, 13 March 2017
Charles Darwin University
Professor Martin Jarvis, gonged at California film festival
Professor Martin Jarvis, gonged at California film festival

US film festival honours CDU professor

By Andrew Hall

Charles Darwin University Professor Martin Jarvis has received a “Best Documentary” award for the part he played in making a film screened at a prestigious California film festival in February.

The accolade for “Written By Mrs Bach – Broken Silence” was announced at the culmination of the Creative Arts Film Festival, which is sponsored by Napa Valley’s Jarvis Conservatory.

Professor Jarvis’ forensic research into whether Johann Sebastian Bach’s second wife, Anna Magdalena, actually wrote some of the music that has been attributed to the Baroque maestro formed the basis of the documentary “Written By Mrs Bach” made by Scottish film director Alex McCall and first screened in 2014.

“The film Alex and I showed at the festival in California has been completely remade and you would be hard-pressed to recognise it as having evolved from the original documentary,” Professor Jarvis said.

“It focuses much more broadly on women’s largely unrecognised contributions to the musical canon from the time of JS Bach to the present, and includes some fantastic female composers and players who are performing around the world today.”

Professor Jarvis said he was “pleasantly surprised and very happy” that “Written By Mrs Bach – Broken Silence” had been recognised in this fashion in its first round of scheduled screenings.