Wednesday, May 20, 2015

War art with Eddie Redmayne documentary

Award-winning actor Eddie Redmayne, who studied history of art at Cambridge, takes an intensely emotional journey into the field of war art. Eddie visits artists' studios, museums and battlefields to shine a light into the nature of conflict. The First World War had more serving artists than any other war in history and Eddie explores the canvasses of men like Paul Nash, Stanley Spencer, John Singer Sargent and Henry Tonks, and discovers how the modernists CRW Nevinson and David Bomberg changed the artistic landscape forever. Eddie also travels behind the scenes to see war art hidden away from public view - some censored, some never seen on film before. The challenge for artists of depicting war continues today. Eddie meets contemporary war artists including George Butler, Graeme Lothian, Julia Midgley and official war artist Peter Howson - whose work in Bosnia was censored - to see how this art form is as vital now as it ever was. (source:

Eddie interviews Richard Green from world renowned @AngelsCostumes in DVD extras (x) via
WAR ART with Eddie Redmayne on DVD available for order now
Available on Amazon Instant Video

Exceptional work by Eddie Redmayne and documentarian Margy Kinmonth. (x) via
Update 21 May: The video is no longer available here to the public :(

You try to imagine what that war was like, but with that period neither photography nor accounts really ever captured the horror. For me it was art, and all sides of that art, of people trying to depict the undepictable, that perhaps came closest. When I was studying art history, I always found the turn of the century - the 19th century into 20th, whether in France or Britain - riveting. You know the world had changed, and while the world was changing, art was as well. 
War Art with Eddie Redmayne airs on May 24th at 22:15 on ITV. (x)
...An intelligent interviewer, he doesn’t need the security of a fictional character to command the screen. “Eddie kept worrying that he wasn’t any good but he was a natural,” says Kinmonth. “The average age of men who died was about 28, and he had this affinity with them, and understands the sacrifice, so it’s very moving. When I showed the film to my producer, he was in tears.”...



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Nottinghill Post:
Well worth a look, I’ll be watching it again it’s so good. War Art will be shown this Sunday
24th May at 10.15pm on ITV. Worth recording. foxtrotfilms

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