on Screen

Explore some of the world’s greatest art – and the artists – as director Phil Grabsky takes you behind the scenes of some of the most prestigious galleries and exhibitions around the globe.


Cézanne - Portraits of a Life

October 6, 2019 - 3pm

One can appreciate 20th century art by first understanding the significance and genius of Paul Cézanne. The film takes audiences beyond the exhibition to the places Cézanne lived and worked and sheds light on an artist who is perhaps the least known of all the impressionists – until now.

It features interviews with curators and experts from the National Portrait Gallery London, MoMA New York, National Gallery of Art Washington, and Musée d’Orsay Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself.

Running time: 85 minutes


The Impressionists and the man who made them

November 3, 2019 - 3pm

From the Musée du Luxembourg & Musée D’Orsay Paris, to the National Gallery London and Philadelphia Museum of Art

Monet, Cézanne, Degas, Renoir: some of the world’s most popular artists whose works fetch tens of millions of dollars around the globe. But who were they really? Why and how exactly did they paint? What lies behind their enduring appeal?

Securing unparalleled access to a major exhibition – possibly the most comprehensive exploration of the Impressionists in history – the film focuses on the artists and the man credited with inventing impressionism as we know it: 19th-century Parisian art collector Paul Durand-Ruel.

His brave decision to exhibit the Impressionists in New York in 1886 introduced enlightened wealthy Americans to this modern French painting, filling great American galleries with Impressionist masterworks and keeping Impressionism alive at a time when it faced complete failure.

The most significant impressionists show we’ve seen in two decades – The Telegraph

Running time: 90 minutes


Matisse from Moma and Tate Modern

January 26, 2020 - 3pm

Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs was hailed the most successful exhibition in Tate Modern’s history. This intimate, behind-the-scenes documentary, includes contributions from people who knew Matisse and experts such as curators, historians and the Tata and MoMA directors. The film includes breathtaking, specially commissioned performances by Royal Ballet principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky and jazz musician Courtney Pine, a portrayal of Matisse by acclaimed British actor Simon Russell Beale, with narration by actor Rupert Young (Merlin).

“The way the film captured Matisse at work, bringing his artistry to life – including resonant readings from Simon Russell Beale – was genuinely inspiring.” – Apollo Magazine

Running time: 97 minutes


David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts

February 16, 2020 - 3pm

Widely considered Britain’s most popular artist, David Hockney is a global sensation with exhibitions in London, New York, Paris and beyond, attracting millions of visitors worldwide. Now entering his 9th decade, Hockney shows absolutely no evidence of slowing down or losing his trademark boldness.

Featuring intimate and in-depth interviews with Hockney, this revealing film focuses on two blockbuster exhibitions held in 2012 and 2016 at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Director Phil Grabsky secured privileged access to craft this cinematic celebration of a 21st century master of creativity.

Running time: 85 minutes