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BFI DVD Launch: Every Picture Tells a Story

James Scott, known for his 60s art documentaries, also made this inventive feature about his artist father’s early years.

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UK 1983
Dir James Scott
With Alex Norton, Phyllis Logan, Natasha Richardson, Leonard O’Malley
83min
Digital
Certificate PG

Filmmaker James Scott enjoyed a diverse career ranging from early experimental art documentaries about key 60s figures such as David Hockney and RB Kitaj, to work with the radical Berwick Street Collective, indie features and the Oscar®-winning short A Shocking Accident. The son of celebrated painter William Scott, he made this sensitive, exploratory portrait of his father’s early years in 1930s’ working-class Northern Ireland and his entry into the art world. Tonight’s special screening marks the launch of a new, fully remastered BFI DVD of the film, and is accompanied by Scott’s extraordinary documentary Richard Hamilton (1969. 25min).

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