David Hockney: Double Portrait celebrates the artist's return to London and to a subject that 30 years before had inspired some of his most iconic images, like Mr and Mrs Clark and Percy. Using interviews with the artist, his family and his oldest and closest friends who came to sit for him, the documentary explores the personal and private nature of Hockney's art and creates its own intimate psychological portrait as he paints the relationships in his own life.

Double Portrait won Best Film at Roma DOCFEST in 2005 and was nominated by FIPA for Best Creative Documentary in 2004.


"A beautifully considered study of the artist's year in London painting watercolour portraits of couples. Both accessible and intelligent, you came away from watching it enriched. Simply a triumph." (Broadcast)

"This brilliant documentary shows us that Hockney is still in deadly earnest and yet wants to provoke at the same time." (The Observer)

"What emerges from the film is that these portraits aren't about the sitters, but about Hockney. Just as his work of the 60's and 70's defined those decades, this is Hockney's take on the beginning of the twenty-first century: bleak, isolationist, unadorned and slightly edgy." (Time Out)

Filmed by Bruno Wollheim & Christopher Swayne
Edited by Christopher Swayne
Produced, Directed & Written by Bruno Wollheim
Original Music Composed by Fratelli Brothers
Running length: 49 minutes. A Coluga Pictures production for BBC

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