HERMITAGE REVEALED to Screen in the UK, Begin. 9 September

HERMITAGE REVEALED to Screen in the UK, Begin. 9 September

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is one of the largest and oldest museums in the world holding over 3 million treasures and boasting more curators than any other museum.

In 2014, to mark the momentous occasion of its 250th anniversary, the museum opened its doors for the filming of Hermitage Revealed - a cinematic event that is a must for all fans of art, architecture and the culture and history of Russia.

Filmed specifically for the cinema, Hermitage Revealed takes audiences on a thrilling journey through the Museum's tumultuous history, from imperial palace to state museum, and offers unprecedented access to special collections and exclusive areas that remain hidden from the public eye, immersing the audience in some of the world's most beautiful art in high definition.

The production brings together the oldest, the rarest, the most precious and the most closely guarded of Russia's greatest treasures; items bought with great wealth or acquired by other means, items hoarded and saved from violent revolutionaries, items thought lost and later re-found - and all works and unique stories presented with an intimacy and immediacy that no museum or gallery experience can match.

From Rembrandt to Russian masterpieces, from prehistoric artefacts to the private gemstone collection of Catherine The Great, from Michelangelo to Matisse and much, much more, the exquisite treasures the Hermitage has to offer are seemingly endless. Hermitage Revealed puts you right there amongst it all - exploring the work and revealing the human stories behind this great institution.

The Hermitage welcomes more than 2.8 million visitors a year. Hermitage Revealed brings the museum to you, in all its glory, and reveals why the State Hermitage Museum is still so special after 250 years.

Contributors to Hermitage Revealed include Hermitage Director Prof. Mikhail Piotrovsky, sculptor Sir Antony Gormley, architect Rem Koolhaas, Hermitage's expert curators, personal stories from survivors of the Siege of Leningrad and a special cameo voice appearance by Tom Conti.

Hermitage Revealed is directed by the award winning film & TV director Margy Kinmonth, whose many credits include Mariinsky Theatre with Maestro Valery Gergiev and Nutcracker Story; Outback Art - The Goldrush; and Rubens - A Master in the Making. Her series Naked Hollywood won BAFTA Best Documentary series.

Kinmonth's authored investigative films include The Secret World of Haute Couture, and the RTS Best Arts Award-winning film about Francis Bacon: The Strange World of Barry Who? Kinmonth's biography films include Simon Gray's Smoking Diaries, Dawn French, Steven Berkoff and Grierson Award nominated Remember The Secret Policeman's Ball? Kinmonth directed Looking for Lowry for Foxtrot Films starring Ian McKellen and Noel Gallagher and cinema documentary Royal Paintbox in which HRH The Prince of Wales reveals an extraordinary treasure trove of rarely seen artworks by the Royal Family past and present.

Foxtrot Films is an independent film and television production company owned by film director Margy Kinmonth and producer Maureen Murray. Foxtrot Films enjoys an international reputation for making distinctive, entertaining and inventive films of the highest quality. Foxtrot Films is renowned for producing award-winning work that is moving and original. www.foxtrotfilms.com

2014 is the UK-Russia Year of Culture, celebrating the rich and diverse cultural heritage of both countries, fostering cultural exchange and the flow of ideas.