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Macbeth
"A harrowing and disturbingly funny parable for the dawn of the 21st century." - New York Times The Royal Shakespeare Company's Macbeth has been lauded as the finest production of Shakespeare's Scottish play for over a quarter of a century.…
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Julius Caesar
A fast-moving thriller about a struggle for democracy, William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar is also a love story between two men united by an explosive act of political violence. Based on the Royal Shakespeare Company's acclaimed stage production, Gregory Doran's film…
Christianity
Part of the Series: Art Of Faith
Art of Faith is a visually sumptuous series exploring the architecture and art of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Each program is presented and narrated by the broadcaster John McCarthy, who visits many of the greatest and most significant religious buildings…
Islam
Part of the Series: Art Of Faith
Art of Faith is a visually sumptuous series exploring the architecture and art of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Each program is presented and narrated by the broadcaster John McCarthy, who visits many of the greatest and most significant religious buildings…
London Orbital
'Maverick British director Chris Petit has produced one of this year's eeriest and most haunting films, London Orbital, a threnody to the M25.' Sunday Telegraph 'It is a mediation on the M25 and gives an intriguing history of the occult…
Gary Hume
Part of the Series: theEYE
Gary Hume makes beautiful paintings. His materials are household paints on aluminium surfaces and his subject's, he says, are "flora, fauna and portraits". The results are elegant, delicate, simple yet elusive and exquisite. Playing gloriously with colour and light, they…
Sense and Sensation - English Culture in the 18th Century
Sense and Sensation is a lavish exploration of the arts in eighteenth-century London. Written and presented by the eminent historian John Brewer, and drawn from his highly-acclaimed book 'The Pleasures of the Imagination', the film considers the world of commerce…
The Victorian Nude
The Victorians were obsessed by the nude in art. For many nineteenth- century painters and sculptors, the naked body, both male and female, was central to exotic historical fantasies and elaborate allegories of imperial power. In such contexts the classical…
The Art Of Helen Chadwick
Until her unexpected death in 1996, Helen Chadwick was amongst the most sparkling, provocative and distinctive of artists. Her sensual and rigorously intellectual works explore desire, sexuality amd the body. Produced alongside a major retrospective exhibition, organised by London's Barbican…
The British Face (Parts 1 & 2)
Portraits are one of the great subjects of British art, and from school photos to passports portraits are also central to all our lives. In two films for Five, Fiona Shaw goes on a journey to explore pictures of people…
Gillian Ayres
Part of the Series: theEYE
Gillian Ayres studied at Camberwell School of Art from 1946-50, before running the AIA Gallery with painter Henry Mundy whom she married. As a young artist in the 1950's, Ayres was closely involved with leading British abstract artists including Roger…
Howard Hodgkin
Part of the Series: theEYE
Howard Hodgkin is one of the world's leading painters, whose art is admired both by critics and by a wide public. Beginning with a remembered experience, Hodgkin works on his seductive and complex paintings for long periods, characteristically producing richly…
Sandra Blow
Part of the Series: theEYE
Three spectacular canvases by Sandra Blow were one of the highlights of the 2006 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition. Sadly, this was her last show, as she died in August that year. This film was made in her studio in St.…
David Batchelor
Part of the Series: theEYE
David Batchelor's art is about colour. With lightboxes and everyday plastics, eccentric chandeliers and projections, he brings pure, direct colour into galleries and public spaces. His works are immediately delightful, but they are also concerned with what colour means in…
Rachel Whiteread
Part of the Series: theEYE
Rachel Whiteread has created some of the most remarkable and resonant public sculptures of recent years. House (now demolished) cast in concrete the interior of a terraced house in London's East End. Holocaust Memorial is a moving memorial in Vienna…
Lisa Milroy
Part of the Series: theEYE
Lisa Milroy's paintings are pleasurable and provocative, clear but complex, immediate and yet richly subtle. In 2001 many of her major works were brought together for an important exhibition at Tate Liverpool; this film, the first about her work, was…
The World Of The Lindisfarne Gospels
The Lindisfarne Gospels is the greatest of Anglo-Saxon treasures and one of the world's great works of art. It is a volume of the four Gospels, in Latin, created in the early eighth century, with gloriously, riotously decorated illuminations. Drawing…
The Art Of Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon is the essential British painter of the twentieth century. From the end of the Second World War until his death in 1992, he created an extraordinary body of intense and uncompromising figure paintings and portraits. Drawing on diverse…
Grayson Perry
Part of the Series: theEYE
Since winning the Turner Prize in 2003, Grayson Perry has become the nation's favourite transvestite potter. In this film, he speaks engagingly about why he is an artist that uses ceramics and not a potter, and about the defining themes…
Anish Kapoor
Part of the Series: theEYE
In October 2002 Anish Kapoor completed his extraordinary sculpture Marsyas for The Unilever Series of commissions in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, London. A challenging and overwhelming artwork, Marsyas is a vast red PVC membrane stretched between three massive…