Goldcrest Films

Goldcrest Films is an independent British distribution, production, post production, and finance company. Operating from London and New York, Goldcrest is a privately owned integrated filmed entertainment company.

Goldcrest Films
IndustryFilm production
Film Distribution
Post Production
Founded1977 (1977)
FounderJake Eberts
HeadquartersUnited Kingdom


Goldcrest Films was founded by Jake Eberts in January 1977.[1]

It enjoyed success in the 1980s with films such as Chariots of Fire (1981), Gandhi (1982), Local Hero (1983), The Killing Fields (1984), Hope and Glory (1987), All Dogs Go To Heaven (1989), and A Room With a View (1985). The company also benefited from the new investment of Channel 4 in film production. The company won two Academy Awards for Best Picture, for Chariots of Fire in 1981[2] and Gandhi in 1982.[3] After these initial successes the company backed more expensive productions with established Hollywood stars that often ran over schedule and budget culminating in Revolution (1985), The Mission (1986) and Absolute Beginners (1986) that all disappointed at the box office.

Goldcrest Films

Goldcrest Films oversees the production, distribution and marketing of films produced by Goldcrest and third-party acquisition in addition to monetising Goldcrest's library of over 100 titles. Goldcrest Films current slate includes Slumber, Come and Find Me,[4] Stonewall [5] (directed by Roland Emmerich), BBC's EARTH: One Amazing Day[6] (directed by Peter Webber) and Joe Dante's Labirintus.[7]

Post Production

Goldcrest Post Production opened in Soho, London in 1982 and in West Village, New York in 2000. Recent expansion and investment has culminated in the opening of central London's largest purpose built Dolby ATMOS Premier sound mixing theatre at Goldcrest's Dean Street, Soho premises.

Offering full picture and sound post production services to both the Film and Television industry Goldcrest Post Production credits include Jason Bourne, Carol, American Honey, Morgan, The Danish Girl.

Financing Arm

Goldcrest Films' financing arms, Goldcrest Pictures and Goldcrest Capital Partners, structure transactions in the media sector. From 2006 to 2008 — the first two years of operation — the companies provided services on 18 films, including Twilight, Tropic Thunder, Knowing, Eagle Eye, Revolutionary Road and Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging. Goldcrest Capital also raises funds and provides services on UK independent feature films. The first two films of this new initiative were Andrea Arnold's Wuthering Heights - produced by Douglas Rae and Robert Bernstein of Ecosse Films and Kevin Loader and co-financed with the UK Film Council, Film4 and Screen Yorkshire - and Phyllida Lloyd’s biopic of Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady. This starred Meryl Streep and was produced by Damian Jones for Pathé, Film4 and the UK Film Council with the participation of Canal+ and Cine Cinema.


Film Title and Year US Release Date Budget Gross (worldwide)
Chariots of Fire (1981)March 1981$5.5 million$59 million
Escape from New York (1981)July 10, 1981$6 million$50 million
Gandhi (1982)December 3, 1982$22 million$52.8 million (US only)
An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1982)April 26, 1985N/AN/A
Secrets (1983)August 17, 1984N/AN/A
Local Hero (1983)February 17, 1983N/A$5.9 million
The Ploughman's Lunch (1983)October 19, 1984N/AN/A
Runners (1983)August 1983N/AN/A
The Dresser (1983)December 9, 1983N/A$5.3 million
Another Country (1984)June 29, 1984N/AN/A
Cal (1984)August 24, 1984N/AN/A
The Killing Fields (1984)November 2, 1984$14.4 million$34.7 million
Nemo (1984)December 12, 1984N/AN/A
Dance with a Stranger (1985)August 9, 1985N/A$2.3 million
Smooth Talk (1985)November 17, 1985N/A$16,785
Revolution (1985)December 25, 1985$28 million$346,761
Mr. Love (1985)April 25, 1986£486,000$4,264
The Frog Prince (1986)October 5, 1986$1.5 millionN/A
Winter Flight (1986)February 14, 1986N/A$2,729
Absolute Beginners (1986)April 18, 1986£8.4 million$1 million
The Mission (1986)May 24, 1986$24.5 million$17.2 million
Knights & Emeralds (1986)October 1986£1.1 millionN/A
White Mischief (1987)May 1988$5.3 million$3.1 million
Matewan (1987)August 28, 1987$4 million$1.7 million
Hope and Glory (1987)November 13, 1987$3 million$10 million
Black Rainbow (1989)December 5, 1991$7 millionN/A
All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)November 17, 1989$13.8 million$27.1 million
Rock-a-Doodle (1992)April 3, 1992$18 million$11.7 million
Driftwood (1997)March 28, 1997N/AN/A
Clockwatchers (1997)May 15, 1998N/A$537,948
Bring Me the Head of Mavis Davis (1997)January 16, 1998N/A£46,244
Elvis and Anabelle (2007)March 10, 2007N/AN/A
Cass (2008)August 1, 2008N/AN/A
The Iron Lady (2011)December 26, 2011$13 million$114.9 million

TV films and series


  • Eberts, Jake and Illot, Terry (1990). My Indecision Is Final: The Spectacular Rise and Fall of Goldcrest Films. Atlantic Monthly Press. Accessed January 26, 2008
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