Director: Randall Wright Run Time: 113 min. Format: DCP Rating: NR Release Year: 2014
Starring: Arthur Lambert, Betty Freeman, Celia Birtwell, Charlie Schieps, Colin Self, David Hockney, David Oxtoby, Don Barchardy, Ed Ruscha, George Lawson, Jack Larson, Joe Clark, John Kasmin, Kenneth Tyler, Margaret Hockney, Mark Berger, Melissa North, Paul Dubois, Philip Steadman, Raymond Foye, Tchaik Chassay, Wayne Sleep
Nitehawk’s ART SEEN and frieze magazine present a special New York preview screening of the documentary on British artist David Hockney, HOCKNEY. Program includes screening new frieze videos and an introduction by Evan Moffitt, Assistant Editor at frieze.
Hockney weaves together a portrait of the multifaceted artist from frank interviews with close friends and never before seen footage from his own personal archive. This film is the definitive exploration of one of the most significant artists of his generation. For the first time, David Hockney has given access to his personal archive of photographs and film, resulting in an unparalleled visual diary of his life. The film chronicles Hockney’s vast career, from his early life in working-class Bradford, where his love for pictures was developed through his admiration for cinema, to his relocation to Hollywood where his lifelong struggle to escape labels (‘queer’, ‘working class’, ‘figurative artist’) was fully realized. The documentary traces the artist’s journey to live the American and Californian dream, yet paradoxically reveals that he never broke ties with the childhood that formed him.
Acclaimed filmmaker Randall Wright offers a unique view of this unconventional artist who is now reaching new peaks of popularity worldwide, and, at 78, is as charismatic as ever, working in the studio seven days a week.