Randall Wright / UK / 2014 / 112 min
Fri 6 May, 20.00
Hockney is the definitive exploration of one of the most significant artists of his generation.
For the first time, David Hockney gives access to his personal archive of photographs and film, resulting in an unparalleled visual diary of his life.
The film chronicles his vast career, from his early life in working-class Bradford to his relocation to Hollywood, where his lifelong struggle to escape labels ("queer", "working class", "figurative artist") was finally fully realised.
One of the great surviving icons of the 1960s, Hockney's career may have started with almost instant success but in private he has struggled with his art, relationships, and the tragedy of AIDS without ever losing his positive curiosity towards life.
Acclaimed filmmaker Randall Wright weaves together a unique portrait of this unconventional artist, as charismatic as ever, and at 77 still working in the studio seven days a week.
“It’s been said that there was something of the holiday about David Hockney, that, despite personal loss, he sees the world with holiday eyes, as if for the first time. I wanted to capture this attitude without taking away the mystery and magic of a great artist.”
– Randall Wright
About the director
Randall Wright (UK) has directed over twenty major documentaries, most recently Lucian Freud: A Painted Life (2012), nominated for a Grierson Award and a Bafta Award.
Randall met David Hockney while directing Shock of the Old (2000), a BBC Omnibus film about major artists inspired by pictures in the National Gallery. At Panavision studios in Hollywood he made Secret Knowledge (2002), demonstrating Hockney’s theory that painters used cameras hundreds of years before the invention of chemical photography. The film won the Grierson and FIFA awards, as well as being nominated for several others.
“An attractive introduction or reintroduction to the man and his work, and to his remarkable experimentalist curiosity and readiness to pioneer new media.”
“A warm, affectionate, perceptive film.”