Revolution: New Art for a New World

A visual feast of a documentary that describes how artists from Chagall to Kandinsky to Malevich rose in tandem with the Russian Revolution in 1917.


Revolution: New Art for a New World

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Revolution: New Art for a New World is a bold and exciting feature documentary that encapsulates a momentous period in the history of Russia and the Russian Avant-Garde. Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists, curators, and performers and personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, the film brings the artists of the Russian Avant-Garde to life. It tells the stories of artists like Chagall, Kandinsky, Malevich and others –pioneers who flourished in response to the Utopian challenge of building a New Art for a New World, only to be broken by implacable authority after 15 short years.

Contributors: Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky, Zelfira Tregulova & Andrei Konchalovsky

Featuring: Matthew Macfadyen (Anna Karenina, Frost Nixon, Ripper Street)
Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Night Manager)
James Fleet (Sense and Sensibility, Love and Friendship)
Eleanor Tomlinson (Jack the Giant Slayer, The Illusionist)
Daisy Bevan (The Two Faces of January, Elizabeth)

Margy Kinmonth: Writer/Producer/Director

Margy Kinmonth is a BAFTA Award-winning film and television director whose many credits include theatrical features Revolution –New Art For A New World (Foxtrot Films/Arts Alliance), marking the 1917 Russian Revolution, BAFTA nominated Hermitage Revealed, and Royal Paintbox(Moscow Film Festival) with HRH The Prince of Wales.

Kinmonth’s series Naked Hollywood (BBC) starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Caan, won BAFTA Best Documentary Series, won the ACE award and was nominated for an EMMY. The Strange World of Barry Who? (BBC) about Francis Bacon and Rudolf Nureyev, won RTS Best Arts Film Award. War Art with Eddie Redmayne (Foxtrot/ITV)was nominated for BAFTA, RTS and Peabody Awards.

Kinmonth’s credits include Looking for Lowry (Foxtrot/ITV) with Ian McKellen, Dame Paula Rego and Noel Gallagher, The Secret World of Haute Couture (BBC) with Karl Lagerfeld, John Galliano and Betsy Bloomingdale, Mariinsky Theatre, (Foxtrot/ITV) with Maestro Valery Gergiev. Nutcracker Story(Foxtrot/ITV), Outback Art (C4), Dawn French (ITV), Steven Berkoff (Foxtrot/ITV) won the Silver Hugo Chicago Film Festival, The Smoking Diaries(BBC) about Simon Gray, Antony Gormley’s Brick Man and Remember The Secret Policeman's Ball(BBC) with John Cleese, Michael Palin and Sting. Drama includes To The Western World(London Film Festival), Baker's Dozen, Casualt yand Eastenders. Kinmonth won The Creative Originality Award from Women in Film & Television, 2009
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Documentary, Art & Artists, Culture Vulture, History
Margy Kinmonth
Ali Catterall, Total Film

This is a fascinating doc on 20th Century Russian avant-garde art. Featuring the voices of Matthew Macfadyen and Tom Hollander, it looks at the artists who flourished in the wake of the revolution before Stalin, who detested this arty business, packed many of these ‘enemies of the state’ off to the ...

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