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Let your creative sparks fly thanks to these inspiring films around art available at SBS On Demand.
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19 Oct 2015 - 5:03 PM  UPDATED 11 Jan 2017 - 3:41 PM

La Belle Noiseuse

M
France, Switzerland, 1991
Genre: Drama
Language: French, English
Director: Jacques Rivette
Starring: Michel Piccoli, Jane Birkin, Emmanuelle Béart
What's it about?
This extraordinary depiction of the artistic process at work, most of it in real time (which explains a pretty lengthy duration), won the Jury Prize at 1991 Cannes Festival, and drew much comment thanks to Emmanuelle Béart's risqué nude scenes. Frenhofer (Michel Piccoli) is a famous artist living with his wife and ex-model Liz (Jane Birkin) in a castle in the South of France. When their friend Probus brings a young couple to visit - Nicolas, an artist, and his gorgeous lover Marianne (Emmanuelle Béart) – Frenhofer, who hasn't painted for years, is inspired to resume work on his unfinished masterpiece 'La Belle Noiseuse'. But Frenhofer wants Marianne to bare more than her body for him.

La Belle Noiseuse Review

  

Beautiful Losers

M
USA, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Aaron Rose
What's it about?
Influenced by the popular underground youth subcultures of the '90s (from skateboarding to hip-hop), a group of young New York artists and creators like Harmony Korine (who at 19 wrote the screenplay for Larry Clark's Kids), Shepard Fairey, Margaret Kilgallen, Mike Mills, and Ed Templeton began to create art that reflected their lifestyles. Despite having no formal training and almost no conception of the inner workings of the art world, they learned their craft through practice, trial and error, and good old-fashioned innovation, and ended up having an enormous impact on the worlds of fashion, film, art, music, and pop culture.

 

Cutie and the Boxer

PG
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Zachary Heinzerling
Starring: Ushio Shinohara, Noriko Shinohara
What's it about?
This charming Oscar-nominated documentary explores the chaotic 40-year marriage of eccentric New York couple, renowned 'boxing' painter Ushio Shinohara and his illustrator wife, Noriko. Anxious to shed her role as her overbearing husband's assistant, Noriko finds an identity of her own through her "Cutie" illustration work. This is a moving portrait of a couple wrestling with the eternal themes of sacrifice, disappointment and ageing, against a background of lives dedicated to art.

 

Chris & Don

M
USA, 2007
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Directors: Tina Mascara, Guido Santi
What's it about?
The lifelong romance of author Christopher Isherwood and his much younger lover, artist Don Bachardy, is chronicled in this poignant documentary. Combining present-day interviews, archival footage shot by the couple from the 1950s, excerpts from Isherwood's diaries, and playful animations to recount their romance, the film shows how the duo nurtured each other's artistic instincts while establishing a deep emotional bond that survived even after Isherwood's passing.

 

In a Dream

M
USA, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jeremiah Zagar
What's it about?
Jeremiah Zagar's award-winning documentary is a moving tribute to his father, Isaiah, a renowned mosaic artist, who for the past 30 years has covered more than 40,000 square feet of Philadelphia. As well as featuring Isaiah's breathtaking artwork, it explores his tumultuous relationship with his wife, and his struggles with addiction and mental illness in a very raw and honest portrait, which won the Emerging Visions Audience Award at the 2008 South By Southwest Film Festival.

 

Seraphine

M
France, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Martin Provost
Starring: Yolande Moreau Ulrich Tukur Anne Bennent 
What's it about?
In a little town north of Paris, Séraphine (based on actual artist Séraphine de Senlis) works as a maid for Madame Duphot, who rents an apartment to German art critic and dealer Wilhelm Uhde, an enthusiastic advocate of modern and primitive artists. In her spare time, Séraphine paints, with anything she can find – wine, mud, a mixture of fruits and flowers. When Wilhelm comes across one of her paintings, he is instantly mesmerized and so begins a nurturing relationship that will expose Séraphine's work to the world. Belgian actress Yolande Moreau (Louise-Michel) won the César for Best Actress for her impressive performance as the naive Séraphine, whose work soon leads her into the realms of madness. 

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Marwencol

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jeff Malmberg
What's it about?
This unique, inspiring documentary shows how art can be used as a way to heal after a traumatic experience. On April 8, 2000, Mark Hogancamp was assaulted and spent nine days in a coma. Left with brain damage, he remembers very little of his life. In recovery, he creates a scale village in his yard, populating it with dolls of himself, his friends, and even his attackers. When Mark begins documenting his miniatures, the photos are discovered and shown in a New York gallery. The attention forces Mark to make a choice between the safety of his fictional town and the real world he's avoided since his attack.