David Hockney, is one of the renowned artists of the 20th century. His life thus far is explored in this collaborative documentary . Hockney, has had many labels that were thrust upon him i.e.: “Queer, working class, figurative artist”. He struggled to overcome these labels. In the 60′-70’s they had far more of a stigma then they would culturally have now.
At age 78, Hockney is still garnering even more popularity with a new resurgence worldwide. He is actively working daily in his art studios, seven days a week . He continues to experiment with painting, theater, multimedia and photography.
Directed by English documentarian, Randall Wright. Wright has directed over 20 documentaries and has garnered several awards. I confess, I have not seen any of his films, I can only review his direction in “Hockney”.
The first half of the film is like watching paint dry. There are interviews and commentaries by people that seem only to be known by Hockney and the director. We see their name under a talking head but they are not “a known” identity. We don’t know what they do or their relationship to Hockney. A simple chyron IE: “Artist” “Relative” “Lover,” etc. would explain volumes. The interviewees are dull and boring and once you get past that, they don’t shed much important information about Hockney.
It is not until the last half of the film that we get to actually see pieces of his art and Hockney himself gives his insight into them. If the whole film were more in this vain then it would be a Documentary worth recommending ! The artwork below is why we watched to begin with.
“Hockney” opens May 27th , 2016 at Landmark’s San Francisco Opera Plaza
Cinema and Shattuck Cinemas.
RATED : 2 Honey 🐝🐝’s