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‘Hockney’ Director Randall Wright on Why Artists Are Such Cinematic Subjects

Documentarian Randall Wright’s Hockney is a portrait of the great British artist David Hockney and Wright’s second film about him (his first was 2003’s Secret Knowledge).

“Fascinating complex characters make good films!” Wright tells Where to Watch about coming back to artists as the subjects of his films. “Artists often work with their private material but they aim to make pictures transparent to their emotions (or at least romantic artists do). So in a way films about painters have the double benefit of having a fascinating person at the center and strong visuals. I guess that is why so many films have been made about Van Gogh.”