Monday, 2 February 2015

DukesDocs unlock works of artist and of whistleblower


David Hockney
DukesDocs are a new strand at The Dukes and present the best new documentary films from around the world, with three recently released docufilms showing this month.

On February 9, there will be a screening of Hockney (15), a definitive exploration of one of the most significant artists of a generation. On 12 February  Citizenfour (15) focuses on whistleblower Edward Snowden, while on February 17, National Gallery (12A) provides an insight into London’s world famous art institution.

Hockney sees the artist giving access to his personal archive of photographs and film for the first time, resulting in an unparalleled visual diary of his life. The film chronicles his vast career from his early life in working class Bradford to his relocation to Hollywood.

 Citizenfour is the codename adopted by whistleblower Edward Snowden.who leaked evidence of numerous global surveillance programs, many of them run by the US National Security Agency and its allies the Five Eyes with the cooperation of telecommunication companies and European governments. Laura Poitras was years into the making of a film about the abuses of national security services in post 9/11 America when she began receiving encrypted emails from a potential whistleblower who turned out to be Snowden. She subsequently interviewed him in a series of tense encounters.

National Gallery is directed by renowned documentarian Frederick Wiseman who takes the audience behind the scenes on a journey to the heart of a museum inhabited by masterpieces of Western art. This film is the portrait of a place, its way of working and relations with the world, its staff and public and its paintings.

Tickets for all of February’s DukesDocs are priced £6/£5 concessions (a £1 per transaction fee applies to online bookings).

 For more information or to book, call The Dukes Box Office on 01524 598500 or online at www.dukes-lancaster.org.


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