Art Screen

Art Screen is the BBC’s inaugural festival of arts documentaries in Glasgow. Running from 10 – 13 April as part of Glasgow International, the festival is a celebration of film and creativity in Scotland, the UK and beyond.

Opening night (10 April) will see the world premiere of Rio, by director Julien Temple. The film explores the intricacies of Rio de Janeiro examining both the lighter and darker sides of the capital city as it prepares to host the World Cup this summer, and the Olympics in 2016. The film will be followed by a Q&A with Temple.

Exploring genius, hardship and occasional madness, several documentaries delve into the world of being an artist including: The Bruce Lacey Experience by Jeremy Deller and  Nick Abrahams (11 April), Fifi howls from Happiness about Iranian artist, Bahman Mohasses (12 April) by director Mitra Farahani and  Ben Shapiro’s Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters (13 April).

Not to be missed is Arts in the Archive which sees the re-release of several television arts documentaries from the BBC Archive. Featuring rare interviews from Susan Sontag, Andy Warhol, Norman McLaren, Graham Greene and more, the screenings present a wealth of fascinating material which will show at various times throughout the weekend. Highlights include: Francis Bacon: Fragments of a Portrait (Michael Gill), Ways of Seeing: John Berger (Michael Dibb), and Arena: Louise Bourgeois (Nigel Finch).

The festival also features a variety of events including the panel What is the Art of Arts Documentary? and Art Screen at Night, three nights of music and performance from special guests. A masterclass from Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard is also on offer in which Forsyth and Pollard will discuss the process behind their filmmaking and their most recent Sundance winning film about musician Nick Cave, 20,000 Days on Earth.

Louise Lockwood’s Facing up to Mackintosh will close the festival exploring the creation of the Glasgow School of Art’s new Reid building. Lockwood will introduce the film which will be followed by a post-screen discussion.

Art Screen runs from 10 – 13 April at the CCA and GFT. For more details about the programme see the festival diary on the Art Screen website. Tickets are available from today from both the CCA & GFT websites.

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