Friday, 14 December 2018

War Art director’s coming to the Regal

THE director of a documentary film on war artists presented by Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne is coming to Henley on

THE director of a documentary film on war artists presented by Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne is coming to Henley on Monday for a special Q&A screening at the Regal Picturehouse cinema.

Margy Kinmonth of Foxtrot Films is already known to Picturehouse audiences as the director of

Royal Paintbox
— a 2013 exploration of the royal family’s relationship with art fronted by Prince Charles.

Royal Paintbox was first shown on ITV, but Henley cinemagoers got to enjoy the uncut version followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers.


War Art with Eddie Redmayne
is set to follow the same template.

The film was shown on television back in May and has been available on DVD for the past few months.

But on Monday at 6.15pm the film will have its Henley premiere as part of the Picturehouse’s autumn Screen Arts season — followed by a director Q&A.

The film is presented by Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, whose portrayal of Stephen Hawking in

The Theory of Everything
saw him scoop the Academy Award for best actor — together with a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and a BAFTA.

But in

War Art
the actor draws on his own background as a history of art student at Trinity College, Cambridge.

The camera follows him as he meets present-day war artists, soldiers and historians and travels to Flanders, where he comes face to face with vivid reminders of the fallen.

Redmayne said: “I have attempted as an actor to play someone from the First World War and of course when prepping you do as much research as you can. You try and imagine what it was like to be living like that, to be on the ground.

“But with that period I have always found it impossible — not photography nor accounts could really ever capture that horror. But for me it was the art and all sides of the art, people trying to depict the undepictable, that perhaps came closest.”

Margy Kinmonth added: “The war artists were not just observing the conflict — their inventiveness also played a part in helping to fight the enemy.

“My film uncovers the innovation, bravery and creativity of the war artists, showing work never before seen on film, some of which was censored by the authorities that had commissioned it.”

Tickets for the screening can be booked in advance at or by calling 0871 902 5738.

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