The film chronicles Hockney’s vast career, from his early life in working-class Bradford, where his love for pictures was developed through his admiration for cinema, to his relocation to Hollywood where his life long struggle to escape labels (‘queer’, ‘working class’, figurative artist’) was fully realised.
Paradoxically, this escape to live the American Dream did not break the ties to the childhood that formed him. We see how his upbringing and life experiences give him the willpower to survive relationship problems, and later the AIDS epidemic, but also allow him to create some of the most renowned works of the past century.
Hockney is produced by the BAFTA-winner Kate Ogborn of Fly Film (The Unloved), who most recently produced Ken Loach’s documentary The Spirit of ’45 and Terence Davies’ The Deep Blue Sea. The director is Randall Wright, whose previous work includes the RTS winning and BAFTA nominated Lucian Freud: A Painted Life.
Hockney was commissioned by Kim Shillinglaw, Controller, BBC Two and Mark Bell, Head of Arts Commissioning.Hockney is produced by Blakeway Productions and Fly Film Company and is co-funded by BBC Arts and the British Film Institute in association with Screen Yorkshire through its Yorkshire Content Fund, British Film Company and the Smithsonian Channel.