ANDREW CARNEGIE: RAGS TO RICHES, POWER TO PEACE

DOCUMENTARY

By Vicky MATTHEWS

GALEFORCE FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2015

Andrew Carnegie was unable to stop WW1. Known as the greatest philanthropist who ever lived and an iron/steel giant. This individual befriended America/British socialites, aristocrats & royalty in his quest to stop WW1, but failed. This is a journey of one man, his power, and his defeat.

Festivals
& Awards

Edinburgh International Film Festival 2015
    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Historical, Biography
    • Countries
    • USA, UNITED KINGDOM
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0 - 0.3 M$
    • Duration
    • 59 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Vicky MATTHEWS
    • Writer(s)
    • Vicky MATTHEWS
    • Producer(s)
    • Sonita GALE (Galeforce Films ), John ARCHER
    • Synopsis
    • Andrew Carnegie: Rags to Riches, Power to Peace charts the story of a poor Scottish immigrant who sailed to America in the 1840s, and by the end of the century would be the richest man in the world.

      Criticised for the harsh business practices that allowed him to dominate the iron and steel industries, and praised for quest to give all his money away, Andrew Carnegie is undeniably one of the most fascinating and contradictory figures in modern history. His name is synonymous with the modern philanthropic movement, and the libraries and educational institutions he established thrive almost a century after his death.

      From his Scottish highland retreat, Skibo Castle, Carnegie spent his retirement masterminding a plan to use his wealth and influence to get Theodore Roosevelt, Kaiser Wilhelm II and King Edward VII to create a framework for world peace in the run up to the Great War. This documentary reveals the untold story of a man with incredible vision, whose dream of a world without conflict ended in tatters and led him to die a broken man.

      Narrated by Brian Cox, this film premiered at the 2015 Edinburgh Film Festival and was broadcast on BBC 2.

      Available to stream on Amazon Prime and Kanopy

      Festivals/Screenings:

      2015 - Premiered at Edinburgh Film Festival
      2015 - British & Irish Film Season - Screening in Luxembourg
      2016 - United International Film Festival - Best Documentary Winner
      2016 - Pittsburgh Independent Film Fest - Best Feature Doc Winner
      2016 - Available for screening on the Sheffield Doc/Fest Marketplayer
      2019 - West Haven Public Library - Free Screening

      Broadcast:

      2015 - BBC Scotland
      2015 - BBC iPlayer

      DVD available at:

      Amazon
      Dunfermline Birthplace Museum
      Carnegie Trust
      Carnegie Club Gift Shop

      Reviews from viewers:

      "An informatively engaging biography of a man with singular vision through a great deal of sheer will and self belief with the ability to see the end goal & mechanisms in which it may be achieved"

      "An extraordinary man in every way. If only those of today with self created wealth continue the same vision then there should be hope for mankind"