FOXTROT FILMS set to Release Acclaimed Filmmaker Margy Kinmonth’s REVOLUTION: NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD on DVD this April
“A Radical, Visual Feast” - Kate Muir, The Times ••••
“Ravishing and Revolutionary” - Peter York •••••
Today FOXTROT FILMS are proud to announce the release of REVOLUTION: NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD, directed and produced by the BAFTA-winning Margy Kinmonth (Hermitage Revealed, Royal Paintbox) & co-produced by the Emmy-winning Maureen Murray (Lady Chatterley) on DVD from 3rd April. The film’s release coincides with this year’s centenary of the Russian Revolution and follows a preview of the film featured at the official launch of the Royal Academy of Arts, Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932 exhibition this year.
Directed and produced by acclaimed filmmaker Margy Kinmonth, 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.
Revolution - New Art for a New World brings to life the artists of the Russian Avant-Garde by drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, including rare unseen 100 year old archive footage from the Russian film vaults. Also featured are contributions from contemporary artists, curators, performers and personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, many of which have never been filmed before.
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.
Stalin’s rise to power marked the close of this momentous period, consigning the Avant Garde to obscurity. Yet the Russian Avant-Garde continues to exert a lasting influence over art movements up to the present day. Revolution - New Art for a New World confirms this, exploring the fascination that these colourful paintings, inventive sculptures and propaganda posters retain over the modern consciousness 100 years on.
Revolution – New Art for a New World was filmed entirely on location in Moscow, St. Petersburg and London, with access to The State Tretyakov Gallery, The State Russian Museum, The State Hermitage Museum and in co-operation with The Royal Academy of Arts, London. The film features paintings previously banned and unseen for decades, and masterpieces which rarely leave Russia. Contributors include Museum Directors Professor Mikhail Piotrovsky and Zelfira Tregulova and film director Andrei Konchalovsky. The film also features Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Hollander, James Fleet, Eleanor Tomlinson and Daisy Bevan.
Director/producer Margy Kinmonth says “I was inspired, as an artist, to discover how many of the descendants of Russian Avant-Garde artists are themselves working as artists today. Access to their intensely moving stories brings to life this extraordinary period of artistic innovation, which continues to exert such a powerful legacy a hundred years on.”
Revolution – New Art for a New World was created with the support of Alisher Usmanov the Founder of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation who has said “The beginning of the 20th century is one of the most exciting periods in the development of Russian and world art. The film Revolution - New Art for a New World allows viewers to immerse themselves in this controversial time for a fresh look at the ideas and works of art of the avant-garde, whose courage amazes after 100 years.”
Cat. No: TBC
Run time: 85 Mins
DVD Extras- Previously Unseen Footage:
Avant-Garde Architecture. Interview with Christina Lodder (Vice President, Malevich Society).
The People's Museum. Interview with Dimitri Ozerkov (Head of Contemporary Art, State Hermitage Museum).
'Storming' The Winter Palace. Interview with Mikhail Piotrovsky (Director, State Hermitage Museum).
Women Artists. Interview with Zelfira Tregulova (Director, State Tretyakov Gallery).
Malevich. Interview with Evgenia Petrova (Deputy Director, State Russian Museum)
Throwing The Stone. Biomechanic Etude.
Lenin In Smolny. Interview with Irina Pronina (Curator of Painting, State Tretyakov Gallery).
Drevin and Udaltsova. Interview with Tatiana Zelyukina (Curator of Painting, State Tretyakov Gallery)
Gulag. Interview with Anne Applebaum (Historian).
The Curse of Stalin's Wreath. Interview with Nina Suetina (Daughter of Nikolai Suetin).
Punin. Interview with Natalia Murray (Biographer of Nikolai Punin).
About Foxtrot Films
Bafta Award-winning Producer/Director Margy Kinmonth and Emmy Award-winning Producer Maureen Murray make bold, hard-hitting, internationally acclaimed films about biography, art and culture, working with world class artists and institutions. Foxtrot’s theatrical features include “Hermitage Revealed” and “Royal Paintbox’ with HRH The Prince of Wales plus “War Art’ with Eddie Redmayne, “Looking For Lowry” with Ian McKellen and “Mariinsky Theatre” with Maestro Valery Gergiev. Find out more at: www.foxtrotfilms.com
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 winning Naked Hollywood, 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, Casualty and Eastenders. Kinmonth won The Creative Originality Award from Women in Film & Television, 2009.
Maureen Murray: Co-Producer
Maureen Murray is an Emmy Award-winning Producer, whose production credits include War Art with Eddie Redmayne, feature documentaries Revolution – New Art For A New World, Hermitage Revealed (Moscow Film Festival) and Royal Paintbox (Festival International de Films sur l’Art), and films Looking For Lowry, Mariinsky Theatre and Nutcracker Story directed by Margy Kinmonth.
Murray produced many productions directed by Ken Russell, with whom she worked on Lady Chatterley starring Joely Richardson and Sean Bean. Other credits include Return To Sender (Toronto Film Festival) directed by Billie August, starring Aidan Quinn and Connie Nielsen, White Lightnin' (Dinard Film Festival) directed by Dominic Murphy, Jose Carreras – A Life Story (Emmy Award) directed by Chris Hunt and Testimony directed by Tony Palmer starring Ben Kingsley.
Murray is a member of The Production Guild of Great Britain and BAFTA, a founder member of WFTV UK, a graduate of the European Audio-Visual Entrepreneurs and alumna of the European Film Business School.