25 Nov 2:00 pm: Love, Cecil
Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland
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Having brought the biographical documentary Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (2015) to the big screen, Lisa Immordino Vreeland turns her inquisitive attentions to the life and work of Cecil Beaton. Restless and multi-talented, Beaton was a highly-regarded figure in the art world in a career spanning almost sixty years that encompassed photography, writing and theatre, film and costume design. He is probably best known as designer of the Oscar-winning films Gigi (1958) and My Fair Lady (1964).
Featuring telling interviews with photographer David Bailey and artist David Hockney among others, Love, Cecil is a warm but unsentimental portrait of the man and his work, offering the viewer an honest account of a larger-than-life and occasionally controversial character. A photographer for the Royal Family and three-time Academy Award winner – for costume design and art direction – Beaton’s publicly celebrated works are placed in intriguing context by his private frustrations and lifelong search for personal happiness.
Starring: Cecil Beaton, Hamish Bowles, Leslie Caron, Rupert Everett, David Bailey, David Hockney
Produced in: USA
Running time: 99 mins