Art on Screen: Top Ten Films to See

We present our top picks of films that are heavily insired by or feature artworks, not only will these entertain you but give you the extra benefit of extending your art history knowledge at the same time. These are the 10 films we will be renting, downloading or booking tickets to see in the cinema in 2015.


1) Mortdecai, 2015

Jonny Depp stars as Charlie Mortdecai an unscrupulous art dealer on the track of Nazi treasure. We walked past Depp in London last year as he reserached his role outside the Royal Academy! In cinemas nationwide from the 23rd January



2) Big Eyes, 2015 

A drama about the awakening of the painter Margaret Keane, her phenomenal success in the 1950s, and the subsequent legal difficulties she had with her husband, who claimed credit for her works in the 1960s. The script for Big Eyes is written by Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, the writers behind Burton’s masterpiece Ed Wood and directed by Tim Burton. Suspend yourself in this melacholic film that sees the protagonist Amy Adams shine, questionning larger issues of authorship within art.



3) The Grand Budapest Hotel, 2014

Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. Makes our list for its stunning cinematography and the importance of artwork to the storyline.



4) Mr Turner, 2014

This biopic of the English artist known as “the painter of light” – someone whose canvases, which revelled in the possibilities of colour and movement, and have been called forerunners to cinematic experiences. Turner is played by Timothy Spall, who spent a year learning how to paint to help with his performance.



5) Hunger, Steve McQueen 2008

One of Britain's most prolific and diverse directors Steve McQueen, who now has a BAFTA, OSCAR and Turner Prize to his name, studied art at Chelsea College of Arts and Goldsmiths College. Steve McQueen paves the way for artists to break the boundaries, his fearlessness at hard hitting social issues and unrelenting style makes for unflinching films. Hunger is McQueen's first feature film and is the depiction of what a human being is willing to endure to be heard. A must see!



6) Basquiat, 2002

Basquiat tells the story of the meteoric rise of youthful artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Discovered by Andy Warhol this biopic focuses on the trappings of success. Director and artist Julian Schnabel couldn't get the Basquiat estate to rent him originals artworks so he painted his own copies. Also features Andy Warhol what more could you want?



7) Frida, 2002

A biography of artist Frida Kahlo, who channeled the pain of a crippling injury and her tempestuous marriage into her work. A guilty pleasure of ours!



8) Renoir, 2012

Set on the French Riviera in the summer of 1915, Jean Renoir, son of the Impressionist painter, Pierre-Auguste, returns home to convalesce after being wounded in World War I.



9) Factory Girl, 2006

Based on the rise and fall of socialite Edie Sedgwick, this offers a new perspective on Andy Warhol's famous factory collective. 



10) Pollock, 2006

Ed Harris directs this film about the  life and career of the American painter, Jackson Pollock.

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