We’re very excited to announce that Picturehouse Entertainment, the distribution arm of Picturehouse Cinemas, will release Randall Wright’s new documentary on David Hockney – HOCKNEY – and will open it across the country on 28 November.
HOCKNEY is the definitive exploration of one of the most important artists of his generation. For the first time, David Hockney has given unprecedented access to his personal archive of photographs and films, resulting in a frank and unparalleled visual diary of his long life.
Acclaimed filmmaker Randall Wright offers a unique view of this unconventional artist who is now reaching new peaks of popularity worldwide. As charismatic as ever, at 77 years old he is still working in the studio seven days a week.
Randall Wright said, “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.”
Clare Binns, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at Picturehouse said, “it is thrilling for Picturehouse to be releasing a film that celebrates, with such cinematic joy, the life and times of our greatest living artist, a man who has never bowed to the ordinary, and this is the film that shows us why he still continues to dazzle us with his art.”
An important contributor to the Pop Art movement of the 1960s, Hockney is considered one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. He is perhaps most famous for his series of paintings of swimming pools, including 1967 work A Bigger Splash.
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 life long struggle to escape labels (‘queer’, ‘working class’, figurative artist’) was fully realised.
The film will be launched by an exclusive preview, followed by a satellite Q&A with David Hockney live from his studio in LA on Tuesday 25 November.