Art films are still few in cinemas today but this will change in May with the premiere of David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts opening across Australia.

Opening with a national tour of public appearances by its award-winning film-maker Phil Grabsky, the film opens nationally in all the capital cities on the 3 May 2018.

Regarded as Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney has become a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York and Paris and his work has attracted millions of visitors worldwide. The new film gives fresh access to this 21st century master and looks at his two landmark exhibitions held at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.

Award-winning film-maker, Phil Grabsky

Providing intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, the film gives some rare insights into the man behind iconic works like ‘A Bigger Splash’ and ‘A Closer Grand Canyon’. The viewer gets to know the painter through the film, with Hockney revealing anecdotes from his own artistic and personal life – from his first trip abroad to Egypt in 1963 to the passing of his friend Jonathan Silver in 1997, the film continues its progress right up to the present day.

It also takes a closer at the exhibitions themselves, and the relationship he has had with the ‘Academy’ and looks at how he created both exhibitions for the gallery space and so making them entirely unique shows. A Royal Academician since 1991, his two exhibitions from 2012 and 2016 exhibitions were visited by 750,000 people.

The film, David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts is part of a 2018 Art Series films, featuring five films on the following topics: David Hockney, The Art of Venice, Cezanne, Claude Monet and Vincent Van Gogh.

See David Hockey at the Royal Academy of Arts from the 3 May with the Director Q & A at Palace Balwyn (7 May) or Nova Cinema (8 May).


Release Date: 3 May 2018

Location: Palace Balwyn, 231 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn

Cinema Nova, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton

Time: Check website for full details

Exhibition Screen Website

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