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BBC Two Comissions Feature Length Hockney Documentary

BBC Two has commissioned a feature-length documentary about the iconic artist, David Hockney. The 105-minute film will be made by the team behind the award-winning film, Lucien Freud: Painted Life and broadcast on BBC Two in 2015 following a cinematic release by Picturehouse Entertainment on 28th November 2014. The programme was produced by Blakeway Productions, a Ten Alps Company, and Fly Film Company.

Kim Shillinglaw, Controller, BBC Two: “Arts on BBC Two is all about bringing the biggest and best documentaries to the broadest of audiences, and I know this film will be a riveting and inspiring watch”.

HOCKNEY will be the definitive exploration of one of the most important artists of his generation. For the first time, David Hockney has given unprecedented access to his personal archive of photographs and films, resulting in a frank and unparalleled visual diary of his long life

Acclaimed filmmaker Randall Wright offers a unique view of this unconventional artist who is now reaching new peaks of popularity worldwide. As charismatic as ever, at 77 years old he is still working in the studio seven days a week.

Mark Bell, Head of Arts Commissioning: “Hockney’s career spans continents and eras – from wartime Bradford to California via Swinging London, then triumphantly back to Yorkshire. There have been many films about Hockney but this portrait is unprecedented, with unique access to his work, his archive and reminiscence from the people who know him best.”

The film is produced by the BAFTA-winner Kate Ogborn (The Unloved), who most recently produced Ken Loach's documentary The Spirit of ’45 and Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea.

The director is Randall Wright, whose previous work includes the RTS winning and BAFTA nominated Lucian Freud: Painted Life. Randall met David Hockney while directing award-winning series, Shock of the Old. HOCKNEY was commissioned by Kim Shillinglaw, Controller, BBC Two and Mark Bell, Head of Arts Commissioning. HOCKNEY will be produced by Blakeway Productions, a Ten Alps Company, and Fly Film Company and is co-funded by BBC Arts and the British Film Institute in association with Screen Yorkshire, British Film Company and the Smithsonian Channel.