Iconic interviews with Francis Bacon
Daily documentary screenings on Bacon’s life and career
Francis Bacon: a film by David Hinton
Dir: David Hinton 1985
55 mins DVD colour
As part of The South Bank Show series, director David Hinton and interviewer Melvyn Bragg accompany Francis Bacon for a day during his second retrospective at the Tate Gallery, London, in 1985. The day begins in the Tate Gallery’s storeroom with a slide show and commentary followed by a visit to the painter’s studio in Reece Mews, South Kensington, where Bacon painted for over 30 years amidst the chaos of paint, books and photographs. Later in the evening, they visit the painter’s favourite pub, the Colony Room, and finally a gambling club in Soho. The conversation reveals the artist’s influences, theories and obsessions.
Dir: Adam Low 2009
95 mins DVD colour
This comprehensive documentary, a compilation of fascinating material drawn from interviews with Bacon and his close associates, extends far beyond the Soho caricature of the Bacon legend, featuring visits to Paris, Madrid, Tangier, Ireland and New York. Taking a largely chronological approach to Bacon’s life and career, the documentary combines images of his work, movie clips, archival footage and interviews with family and friends.
Image: Francis Bacon Study for self-portrait 1976 Art Gallery of NSW © The Estate of Francis Bacon/DACS. Licensed by Viscopy