A Bigger Splash

saturday 21 july – 11.00am

1974   UK/USA   106 mins   Dir: Jack Hazan

** Contains nudity, adult gay themes and strong language **

Taking its title from one of his most famous paintings, A Bigger Splash is a strikingly original portrait of iconic artist David Hockney. Shot in the early 1970s when the idea of ‘celebrity’ was non-existent, it is neither fly-on-the-wall nor fiction, but Hockney and his inner circle ‘playing themselves’.  Gorgeously observed and composed, the film is as much a fascinating time capsule of London as it is about Hockney handling emotional and painterly problems at a key junction in his career.  Featuring Celia Birtwell, Henry Geldzahler, Patrick Proctor, Ossie Clark, and Hockney’s on and off lover Peter Schlesinger.

The screening will be followed by a discussion led by Noel Hourigan, a visual artist and committee member of the Bendigo Queer Film Festival. Noel curates the annual Queer Country Art Exhibition. He is a LGBTI advocate and is currently working on a documentary about LGBTI Seniors in central Victoria.

Have a look at this wonderful and bizarre trailer

Read a fascinating piece about the film

Winner Silver Leopard award, Locarno International Film Festival.