Sculpture on Screen
To mark Yorkshire Day this year the Picture House are working with the Yorkshire Sculpture International to bring together a short programme of archive films which celebrate the work of three of our regions most famous sculptors, Damien Hirst, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.
Damien Hirst: Thoughts, Work, Life (2012) was directed and edited by BAFTA award winner Chris King (Senna) and features an exclusive interview with the artist, and rare early archive footage and stills. It is a unique opportunity to find out more about the real Damien Hirst and the development of his practice over the years.
Figures in Landscape (1953) is a poetic portrait of sculptor Barbara Hepworth and the otherworldly Cornish landscapes which inspired her. Figures in a Landscape was one of the first films backed by the BFI Experimental Film Fund. The film's innovative use of camera movement, alongside Priaulx Rainier’s score and future Poet Laureate Cecil Day-Lewis’s narration of writer Jacquetta Hawkes’ words, make it a collaborative artwork in its own right.
Henry Moore on Film (1971) is a short, previously unseen silent clip, taken from the the Frank & John Farnham Archive Collection which contains over 14hrs of Standard 8mm silent cine-reel footage of Henry Moore working at home and abroad. Frank Farnham was Moore’s Foreman and his son John, one of the last sculpture assistants working with Moore until the artist’s death in 1986. This invaluable asset is part of the many collections held in the Henry Moore Archive; a unique facility which holds over 750,000 items relating to the life and work of the artist.
Henry Moore Recollections of A Yorkshire Childhood (1981) is a documentary, taken from the Yorkshire Film Archive, of Henry Moore looking back at his childhood, aged 83. In it Henry Moore discusses the influence of where he was brought up in Castleford, his parents and teachers. Throughout the film a boy represents the reflections of Henry Moore as a boy, wandering around Castleford and doing activities to illustrate Henry Moore’s recollections. The film also features pupils from Castleford High School.
Sculpture on Screen is only possible thanks to the support of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the BFI, the Henry Moore Foundation, the Yorkshire Film Archive and ITV.