Director: Mark Kidel
“Art for me is a path and not a destination.” - theatre director Peter Sellars
Filming over two years, Mark Kidel travels a rocky artistic road with one of the world's most controversial theatre directors, Peter Sellars. Focusing on his curatorial duties for the New Crowned Hope Festival in 2006, Kidel reveals the method behind Sellars's ‘madness' through in-depth interviews and glimpses into the rehearsal room.
Kidel's doco also reflects on recurring themes in Sellars's oeuvre, from an adolescent fascination with puppetry and avant-garde theatre, to his explosive emergence as a super-talent enfant terrible, to his more recent works combining politics, poetry and spirituality.
“Sellars emerges as a singular, deeply serious, humble (and sometimes humbug) artist whose capacity for astonishment remains undimmed.” - San Francisco Chronicle
“My childhood has never lost its magic, it has never lost its mystery, and it has never lost its drama.” - Louise Bourgeois, sculptor, painter and performance artist ... Over half a century into … More »
“His music is completely unique. If you haven't heard it yet, go hear it.” - Frank Zappa ... Described by writer Henry Miller as “the stratospheric colossus of sound”, French sonic alchemist … More »
“It's impossible not to be astonished by the paradox of V.S. Naipaul: that someone so fiercely clever, who writes so beautifully and humanely, can be so very unlikable.” - Guardian ... The life a… More »
“Far too outlandish to be believable - except it's all true.” - Wired ... What happens when the sceptical outsider becomes romantically involved with the ultimate insider? For Paul H-O, the fly i… More »
“Art doesn't stop when you close your eyes.” ... Living at the psychedelic epicenter of the 60s Beat counter culture, Brion Gysin was a poet, artist, calligrapher and mystic. He introduced Willia… More »