National Arts Museum of Ukraine launches its charity project “Lions Do Not Abandon Their Own” aimed at collecting funds for injured soldiers and ruined museums in the military actions territory. The programme includes: meetings with arts professionals, workshops, concerts, film screening followed by discussions, book exchange, arts lottery, etc.
British Council is honoured to join the initiative by presenting a series of screenings from the Grierson Documentaries collection.
All films are demonstrated in English without subtitles.
Each screening will be accompanied by a themed discussion with a Culture Project lecturer.
Free admission. Visitors are invited to bring letter for ATO soldiers and make reasonable donations in exchange for souvenir “lions”.
“Lions Do Not Abandon Their Own” will present 4 documentary screenings:
07 September – Lucian Freud: Painted Life
21 September – David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
12 October – Only When I Dance
26 October – Arena: aka Norman Parkinson
Grierson Documentaries - annual compilation of the best UK documentaries nominated for the Grierson Awards, founded in the memory of acknowledged Scottish documentalist John Grierson.
07.09 – Lucian Freud - Painted Life - 90 min.
Painted Life explores the life and work of Lucian Freud, undoubtedly one of Britain's greatest artists. Freud gave his full backing to the documentary shortly before his death. This documentary is both a definitive biography and a revelatory exploration of the creative process.
21.09 – David Hockney: A Bigger Picture – 54 min.
Shot single-handedly over three years, this unprecedented record of a major artist at work captures David Hockney’s return from California to paint the East Yorkshire landscape of his childhood. It follows Hockney’s efforts to disengage from photography and find renewal by working for the first time outside, through the seasons and in all weathers. It is at once the inspiring story of a homecoming, an examination of the creative process and a revealing portrait of what motivates a world-famous artist as time runs out.
12.10 – When I dance - 78 min.
This documentary follows a year in the life Isabela and Irlan two aspiring ballet dancers who engage daily in a clash between two worlds: rich and poor, black and white. Ballet is an art form steeped in the history of the wealthy white elite, and many feel that the likes of Irlan Santos da Silva and Isabela Coracy, two black kids from poor backgrounds, don't belong. Despite the constant prejudice and doubt, both are determined to follow their ambitions. For them, dance is a way out, an escape and on stage an ecstasy, that is rarely found in their tough day to day lives. The question is can they make it?
26.10 – Arena: aka Norman Parkinson – 60 min.
Examining the glamorous life and long career of pioneering photographer Norman Parkinson.On the centenary of his birth, Arena examines the glamorous life and exceptionally long career of pioneering photographer Norman Parkinson, an eccentric English gentleman who also produced his own brand of sausages. Featuring an abundance of beautiful images and with previously unseen footage, the film explores Parkinson's work with contributions from his models and collaborators, including Iman, Jerry Hall and Carmen Dell'Orefice, Grace Coddington, Creative Director of Vogue, as well as his grandson, Jake Parkinson-Smith.