At this time of year I usually go crazy writing up my pick of the films in the festival here in Dunedin, however I have been away in Singapore and Sydney for most of it and it has mostly passed me by…BUT! This Friday, one of the films I REALLY wanted to see is this one below:
The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins
New Zealand filmmaker Pietra Brettkelly’s Sundance-acclaimed documentary provides an intimate and revealing encounter with Vanessa Beecroft, a compulsively visible art-world performer and provocateur whose recent works frame western responses to the tragedy in Darfur. We meet her in South Sudan working on the now notorious portrait of herself as the Madonna breastfeeding baby Sudanese twins. She is also fighting a legal battle to adopt these supposed orphans. Brettkelly, who’d never heard of Beecroft until they met in Sudan, was chosen by the artist to make a film that would explore the concept of ’performance’ as it might apply to her private life. Though we’re privy to some awesome displays of egotism from Beecroft, the tone of the film is one of intrepid curiosity, not exposé. The portrait of an artist in whom life and art and privilege are indissolubly merged is fascinating, utterly of our time, and bound to provoke many arguments. — BG.
8 Aug | 6:00pm | Rialto Cinemas Dunedin
I blogged about this film before – you can read that post here:
Go see it!!!!