2014 | Documentary | 52′ |  Written by Mrs Bach (2014) on IMDb

Written by Mrs Bach

This compelling documentary follows the 20 year odyssey of a determined musician and historian who, for the very first time, despite the wrath of scholars worldwide, challenges and confronts the myths surrounding Johann Sebastian Bach. His sensational findings attract an outbreak of global contention. And music history may never be the same….

Masterpieces, previously thought penned by Johann Sebastian Bach, have long since been re-attributed to other composers, barely causing a ripple in the placid waters withing the classical music landscape. That is until Professor Martin Jarvis dares to suggest that evidence exists advocating the great maestro`s second wife, Anna Magdalena, as a serious contender for regocnition. The reaction of the Bach Orthodoxy is swift and fierce – access to key archive material is denied. “There will always be those who find themselves threatened by any possible change, and this is particularly threatening because it involves a woman” suggests Dr. Alan Powell, Emeritus Professor of history at Charles Darwin University in Australia. The rapid acceleration of emerging technology and forensic techniques changes beliefs and critical thinking in ways the world has never seen before. Forensic evidence is meticolously presented onscreen, underpinned by slick graphics. The film asks why such a misogynistic attitude still persists in the twenty-first century and stes out ‘The case for Anna Magdalena Bach’ and investigates the impact on the value of Bach autographes in the wake of Jarvis’ research. ‘Written by Mrs Bach’ is a science-based investigative documentary.

Bettina Offermann | distribution@looks.film

Executive Producer
Pamela Kaufman | Written by Mrs Bach Ltd.
Gunnar Dedio | LOOKSfilm

A co-production by
LOOKSfilm, Written by Mrs Bach Ltd.

Author & Director
Alex McCall

Creative Producer
Ramona Bergmann, Marlen Müssiggang