FLOW Film Festival 2019

Four films that explore the borders of biography …

Ray & Liz (2018)
Sunday 7 Sept, 5:30pm – Eden Court Cinema, Inverness (15)

Photographer Richard Billingham returns to the squalid council flat outside of Birmingham where he and his brother were raised, in a confrontation and reconciliation with parents Ray and Liz. Directed by Richard Billingham.

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Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2016)
Thursday 12 Sept, 8:15pm – Eden Court Cinema, Inverness (15)

Turning her back on her wealthy, established family, Diane Arbus (Nicole Kidman) falls in love with Lionel Sweeney (Robert Downey Jr.), an enigmatic mentor who introduces Arbus to the marginalized people who help her become one of the most revered photographers of the twentieth century. Directed by Steven Shainberg.

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Blow-up (1966)
Thursday 19 Sept, 8:30pm – Eden Court Cinema, Inverness (15)

A mod London photographer finds something very suspicious in the shots he has taken of a mysterious beauty in a desolate park. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni, and starring David Hemmings and Vanessa Redgrave, this is a classic film that captured the swinging 60’s and all it’s political and social ambiguities.

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Mapplethorpe (2018)
Thursday 26 Sept, 8:15pm – Eden Court Cinema, Inverness (18)

Matt Smith (The Crown, Dr. Who) gives a fearless, unabashedly sexy performance in this long awaited biopic as Robert Mapplethorpe, arguably one of the most important artists of the 20th century, who discovered himself both sexually and artistically in New York City through the ‘70s and into artistic renown in the ‘80s before his untimely passing from AIDS in 1989. Ondi Timoner’s unapologetically frank movie explores Mapplethorpe’s life as he and then girlfriend Patti Smith (Marianne Rendon) move into the famed Chelsea hotel, home to a world of bohemian chic. Photographing his new found circle of friends of artists, musicians, socialites, film stars, and members of the S&M underground, Mapplethorpe soon discovers his unique photographic gifts. Enabled and emboldened by his lover and art patron, Sam Wagstaff, Mapplethorpe’s erotically charged photos shocked the art world, setting off a firestorm of controversy that is still being played out today in the court of public opinion.

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top image: Matt Smith in Mapplethorpe