The Car Man

Matthew Bourne’s thrilling and sexy choreography is danced to one of the most instantly recognisable scores in classical music.

Filmed live at Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London, Matthew Bourne’s The Car Man is a stunning dance thriller that is loosely based on Bizet’s popular opera Carmen. Matthew Bourne’s thrilling and sexy choreography is danced to one of the most instantly recognisable scores in classical music, brilliantly arranged by Terry Davies.

The familiar 19th Century Spanish cigarette factory becomes a greasy garage-diner in 1960s’ America where the dreams and passions of a small-town are shattered by the arrival of a handsome stranger. Fuelled by heat and desire, the inhabitants are driven into an unstoppable spiral of greed, lust, betrayal and revenge. Lez Brotherston’s epic design, Chris Davey’s evocative lighting and Matthew Bourne’s vivid storytelling take in a wealth of cinematic references, creating a powerful and uncompromising vision of small-town America.

Screen director: Ross MacGibbon
Producer: Lucie Conrad

An Illuminations and New Adventures Ltd production for Sky, 2015. Now available on DVD and Blu-ray.