1971: the artist David Hockney is well on his way to art world super-stardom.
Filmmaker Jack Hazan, camera rolling, follows Hockney from London to New York
to Los Angeles - capturing the artist as he struggles to create what would prove
to be some of his most enduring works: those featuring Hockney's model and lover,
Straddling the boundary between documentary and fiction, A BIGGER SPLASH tells
the story of Hockney's breakup with Schlesinger and its effect on Hockney, his
work, and his close circle of friends. Originally banned for a notorious scene
of homosexual intimacy, this award-winning film, "at once precise and dreamlike,"
is a unique document of a time and place, a lifestyle, and the artistic process,
unlike anything made before or since.
Watch a Scene from the Film
IN THIS SCENE: David Hockney works on his Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures).
What the Critics are Saying
"A unique, astonishing feat. Not quite like anything
else in the cinema!" - The London Times
"An astute look at last ripple of the ‘Swinging
London’ set. Lensed brilliantly. . . with style and taste." -
"A startler, partly in its extraordinary beauty of
colour and image, partly in its homosexual frankness." - The Sunday
"Like no film you have seen before…and one of
the best films about an artist that I have seen." - The Financial
"Intimacy which is nothing short of startling. . .
defies comparison with any other art film or study in documentary biography."
- Film Comment