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A Bigger Splash
A film by Jack Hazan

105 minutes, documentary, color, English, 1975

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1971: the artist David Hockney is well on his way to art world super-stardom. Filmmaker Jack Hazan, camera rolling, follows Hockney from London to New York to Los Angeles - capturing the artist as he struggles to create what would prove to be some of his most enduring works: those featuring Hockney's model and lover, Peter Schlesinger.

Straddling the boundary between documentary and fiction, A Bigger Splash tells the story of Hockney's breakup with Schlesinger and its effect on Hockney, his work, and his close circle of friends. Originally banned for a notorious scene of homosexual intimacy, this award-winning film, "at once precise and dreamlike," is a unique document of a time and place, a lifestyle, and the artistic process, unlike anything made before or since.

Watch a Scene from the Film

IN THIS SCENE: David Hockney works on his Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures).


"A unique, astonishing feat. Not quite like anything else in the cinema!" - The London Times

"An astute look at last ripple of the ‘Swinging London’ set. Lensed brilliantly. . . with style and taste." - Variety

"A startler, partly in its extraordinary beauty of colour and image, partly in its homosexual frankness." - The Sunday Times (UK)

"Like no film you have seen before…and one of the best films about an artist that I have seen." - The Financial Times (UK)

"Intimacy which is nothing short of startling. . . defies comparison with any other art film or study in documentary biography." - Film Comment

Recommended Reading

True to Life: Twenty-Five Years of Conversations with David Hockney by Lawrence Weschler

That's the Way I See It by David Hockney

Hockney's Pictures: The Definitive Retrospective by Gregory Evans

Checkered Past: A Visual Diary Of The 60's And 70's by Peter Schlesinger

Disc Features

●  Interview with Jack Hazan
●  Photo Gallery
●  Film Notes

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