Every Picture Tells a Story: The Art Films of James Scott

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Every Picture Tells a Story: The Art Films of James Scott

#1 Post by antnield » Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:36 pm

Every Picture Tells a Story is a long overdue celebration of the talented filmmaker James Scott. All the films included have been newly remastered.

The son of artists William and Mary Scott, James Scott's filmmaking career began while a student at the Slade School of Fine Art in London in the 1960s. After his acclaimed debut The Rocking Horse Scott became known for his early experimental art documentaries on key 1960s figures such as David Hockney and Richard Hamilton, and later worked with the radical Berwick Street Collective. He won an Academy Award for his film A Shocking Accident (1983), a romantic comedy based on the short story by Graham Greene. His 1984 feature Every Picture Tells a Story is an evocative and exploratory portrait of his famous father's early life and his entry into the art world. It features interviews with his father alongside actors including the young Natasha Richardson.

August 28th

DISC 1:

Every Picture Tells a Story (James Scott, 1984, 82 mins)
The Great Ice Cream Robbery – left screen (James Scott, 1971, 35 mins)

DISC 2:

Love’s Presentation (James Scott, 1966, 27 mins)
R.B. Kitaj (James Scott, 1967, 19 mins)
Richard Hamilton (James Scott, 1969, 19 mins)
The Great Ice Cream Robbery – right screen (James Scott, 1971, 35 mins)
Chance, History, Art… (James Scott, 1979, 35 mins)

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Re: Every Picture Tells a Story: The Art Films of James Scot

#2 Post by MichaelB » Mon Jul 31, 2017 11:43 am

Full specs announced:
Every Picture Tells a Story
The Art Films of James Scott


2-disc DVD set released on 28 August 2017

Filmmaker James Scott has enjoyed a diverse career, ranging from early experimental art documentaries on key 1960s figures such as David Hockney, Richard Hamilton, Claes Oldenburg and R B Kitaj, to work with the radical Berwick Street Collective, independent features and the Oscar®-winning 1982 short A Shocking Accident.

Every Picture Tells a Story, released by the BFI on 28 August, brings together seven newly-remastered films in a long-overdue DVD collection of this talented filmmaker’s work. The 2-disc set includes audio Q&As with James Scott and an illustrated booklet.

The highlight of the collection is Every Picture Tells a Story (1984), Scott’s sensitive, exploratory portrait of his father, the celebrated painter William Scott, covering his early years in working-class Scotland and Northern Ireland of the 1930s and his entry into the art world.

Also featured are James Scott’s art films, which include such diverse artists as Stuart Brisley, Jamie Reid and Hannah Wilke.

The Films

Disc One
Every Picture Tells A Story (James Scott, 1984, 80 mins)
The Great Ice Cream Robbery – Left Screen (James Scott, 1971, 34 mins)

Disc Two
Love’s Presentation (James Scott, 1966, 27 mins)
R B Kitaj (James Scott, 1967, 19 mins)
Richard Hamilton (James Scott, 1969, 24 mins)
The Great Ice Cream Robbery – Right Screen (James Scott, 1971, 33 mins)
Chance, History, Art… (James Scott, 1980, 46 mins)

Special features
• Intro and Q&A for Every Picture Tells a Story (audio) (2013, 30 mins): James Scott in conversation with Nigel Algar and screenwriter Shane Connaughton;
• Q&A for The Great Ice Cream Robbery (audio) (2013, 25 mins): the director in conversation with Simon Field;
• The two films comprising The Great Ice Cream Robbery are presented on separate discs to enable gallery-style dual-screen viewing;
• Illustrated booklet with writing by Richard White, new essays by James Scott, John Wyver and William Fowler, and full film credits

Product details
RRP: £22.99/ Cat. no. BFIV2112 / Cert 15
UK / 1966 –1984 / colour and black and white / English language / DVD9 x 2 / 263 mins / original aspect ratio 1.37:1 / Dolby Digital audio (320kbps)
The Every Picture Tells a Story DVD will be launched with a special screening and Q&A with James Scott at BFI Southbank (NFT3) on Wednesday 16 August at 20:40. Tickets are on sale now.

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Re: Every Picture Tells a Story: The Art Films of James Scot

#3 Post by Gregory » Mon Jul 31, 2017 12:29 pm

While I don't like Claes Oldenburg, I do have two projectors in the screening space one stacked on the other, each connected to its own player. It might be hard to get the images on each side to be exactly matched rectangles, but replicating the side-by-side twin projection of The Great Ice Cream Robbery would be pretty fun. I'm a little surprised they're not including them on a single split-screen track as well though, and most will have to watch one side at a time.

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