Filmed over three years, the documentary is an unprecedented record of a major artist at work. It captures David Hockney’s return to England after 25 years in California. As he approaches the age of 70, he decides to re-invent his painting from scratch, working through the seasons and in all weathers out in the Yorkshire countryside – ending up with the largest picture ever made outdoors. It is at once the story of a homecoming and an intimate portrait of what inspires and motivates today’s greatest living British-born artist as time runs out.
Winner of Best Essay award at the International Festival for Films on Art in Montreal and nominated Best Arts Documentary by the Grierson and International Emmy Awards. Premiered on BBC1, the documentary appears in a special extended 60′ version.
Designed to appeal to art lovers and students alike, the DVD Extras consist of four new films, providing 55 minutes of additional behind-the-scenes material. They bring sharp and often startling insights to David Hockney’s creative and working methods.
Reviews of the documentary:
BBC Radio 4
“We will keep coming back to this wonderful film, it will be of lasting importance for future generations who want to understand Hockney’s art”
The Sunday Times.
“an unqualified, life-enhancing joy from start to finish.”
“This impressive documentary is almost cinematic in its scope… both majestic and intimate”
‘This film may well be the best anyone will ever make about Hockney’s process.”
“As gently hypnotic and fulfilling as one of Hockney’s own works.”
Marco Livingstone, Co-curator of the RA Exhibition ‘David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture’
“It’s one of the best films I’ve seen about the artistic process for a very long time. It made a powerful impression on me. It is a film that will bear repeated viewings”
Now with subtitles in German, French, Spanish, Italian and English (SDH)