There are some figures in history whose genius transcends time and borders. Regardless of if you are a lover and connoisseur of art, there is no arguing that Vincent van Gogh is one such figure.
How can one man – so unappreciated in life – be truly, justly honoured in death? How can he be remembered and appreciated in a way befitting his creativity, his devotion, his struggle, his beauty? How about this: 6 years, 125 painters, 65,000 single oil paintings, 1 hour and 34 minutes, tireless passion resulting in the world’s first ever painted film.
Loving Vincent is so much more than a film; it is a masterpiece tribute befitting the master to whom it pays homage. It is Vincent’s worldview brought to life; it is his painting in motion, and it is guaranteed to take your breath away.
If you’re not sold on the idea of seeing A FILM THAT IS PAINTED then I don’t think it’s likely anything I could say, any praise I could give, would sway you, because really the sheer brilliance of its very creation ensures this is a film unlike anything you have ever seen. Only know this: Loving Vincent has all the praise I could possibly pour upon it. It is mind-blowingly beautiful, and you’d be doing yourself a disservice in not seeing it.
Have a look at the film's official website for some information about how it was filmed, and watch the trailer below. Of the film, the team behind it said simply, “the reason we made the film is because we believe that you cannot truly tell Vincent’s story without his paintings, so we needed to bring his paintings to life.”
That they did, and phenomenally. Now to end with a quote from the man himself; the ultimate tortured artist... I can only thank the entire team behind this creation for aiding his quest to show the world just what Vincent wanted to show them.
“Who am I in the eyes of most people? A nobody, a non-entity, an unpleasant person. Someone who has not, and never will have, any position in society, in short the lowest of the low. Well then, even if that was all absolutely true, one day I would like show by my work, what this non-entity has in his heart.”
Aidan Turner as 'The Boatman'
Saoirse Ronan as 'Marguerite Gachet'
Jerome Flynn as 'Dr Gachet'
Douglas Booth as 'Armand Roulin'
Because I am lucky to have an amazing job, I was able to go and see the film to review it for Best magazine, who I write for. To celebrate the release of the film, an event was held with the amazing POP UP PAINTING company in London, where I attended to get a tad boozed on wine while attempting to recreate Vincent van Gogh's most famous artwork, The Starry Night. The results were a bit of a lol, but it was one of the most fun and creative things I have done in a long time. Thank you so much to the team at PUP and if you haven't been along to a group like this yet... do it! Guaranteed fun.