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USA, 2010 (MIFF 2010, Documentaries)

Director: Tamra Davis

“He was one of the people I was truly envious of but… he was too fragile for this world.” - Madonna

This is the first feature-length documentary about celebrated artist Jean-Michel Basquiat - a rare insight into the graffiti-influenced painter whose star shone so brightly and briefly over the international art world.

Filmmaker Tamra Davis (Guncrazy) draws on footage from an interview she did with Basquiat not long before his death, returning to the material decades later to craft an intimate film that Variety describes as “a tender ode from one friend to another”. Davis juxtaposes the artist's own words with examples of his bebop-influenced, neo-expressionist pieces.

“[He] first became famous for his art, and then he became famous for being famous, and then he became famous for being infamous.” - Richard Marshall

D Tamra Davis P David Koh, Lilly Bright, Stanley Buchthal, Alexis Manya Sprai Dist Hopscotch TD digibeta/2010

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