Phil Grabsky is a British documentary film-maker based in Brighton, East Sussex. His company Seventh Art Productions has produced documentaries for television and cinema.
Grabsky’s work such as I, Caesar, Spain - In the Shadow on the Sun, The Great Commanders and the Tim Marlow on... series, has been broadcast on various U.K. channels such as BBC, Channel 4, Five and Sky Arts, and around the world.
His film The Boy who Plays on the Buddhas of Bamiyan was released in cinemas in 2003 and tells the story of 8-year-old Mir and his family living in post-Taliban Afghanistan. The film has won 13 awards including the Gold Hugo in Chicago for Best Film and first prize at the Valladolid International Film Festival. Grabsky continued to film Mir and his family in Afghanistan, and has released a second update on Mir and his family in The Boy Mir- ten Years in Afghanistan (2011). He and his co-director Shoaib Sharifi continue to film in Afghanistan and plan to release a final film in 2021.
2006 saw the completion of In Search of Mozart. The film illustrates the life and work of the composer through interviews and live performance. The film premiered at London’s Barbican concert hall. Subsequently it has gone on to become one of the most popular films ever made on Mozart. Grabsky then made films on Beethoven, Haydn and Chopin.
Heavy Water: A Film for Chernobyl (2006) explores the Chernobyl nuclear disaster through Mario Petrucci’s [it] poetry. Grabsky worked in conjunction with director David Bickerstaff for this project which won Best Short Documentary at the Cinequest Film Festival.
In 2007 Grabsky completed Escape from Luanda which tells the tale of three students at Angola’s only music school. Other films include history films with Terry Jones, films on Pele and Muhammad Ali, and over 100 art films with Tim Marlow.
Grabsky's most recent project connects major exhibitions from across the world and shows them on cinema screens. The series began LEONARDO FROM THE NATIONAL GALLERY and now plays in over 1500 cinemas in 55 countries. Season 4 has just concluded and included films on Bosch, American Impressionism, Monet & Michelangelo.
Another recent film was "Concerto: A Beethoven Journey", which followed top pianist Leif Ove Andsnes as he toured playing Beethoven's five piano concertos.
In addition to making films, Grabsky has released four books and has served as a judge for BAFTA, Emmys, RTS and the One World awards.