BBC commissions David Hockney film

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by Stephen Chapman

Yorkshire artist, David Hockney, will be the subject of a feature-length documentary commissioned by BBC Two.

The 105 minute film, which is supported by Screen Yorkshire, will have a cinema release in November this year, before airing on the BBC in 2015.

Hockney“David Hockney stands as one of Britain's seminal and most important artists, and I'm delighted to be showing this major film on him on BBC Two. Arts on BBC Two is all about bringing the biggest and best documentaries to the broadest of audiences, and I know this film will be a riveting and inspiring watch,” said Kim Shillinglaw, controller, BBC Two.

Still working in his studio 7 days a week, 77-year-old Hockney has given the film crew access to his personal archive and photographs and films.

“Hockney’s career spans continents and eras - from wartime Bradford to California via Swinging London, then triumphantly back to Yorkshire. There have been many films about Hockney but this portrait is unprecedented, with unique access to his work, his archive and reminiscence from the people who know him best,” added Mark Bell, head of arts commissioning.

It’s being made by the same team who produced Lucian Freud: Painted Life, with director Randall Wright and BAFTA Award-winning producer, Kate Ogborn.

It will be executive produced by Denys Blakeway for Blakeway Productions and produced by Blakeway Productions and Fly Film Company.

The funding comes through BBC Arts and British Film Institute in association with Screen Yorkshire, British Film Company and the Smithsonian Channel.

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