Margy Kinmonth’s Critically Acclaimed Documentary REVOLUTION - NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD to air on BBC4 this Autumn as part of the BBC’s Russian Revolution Season

UK, London: Wednesday 20th September 2017: Today Foxtrot Films is delighted to announce that its feature documentary about the art of the Russian Revolution, REVOLUTION: NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD produced & directed by Margy Kinmonth and co-produced by Maureen Murray, will air on BBC4 this autumn as part of the BBC’s Russian Season to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution in October 2017.

The film’s BBC TV debut follows very its successful global theatrical release, receiving critical praise from The Times’ Kate Muir: “A Radical, Visual Feast” ★★★★, “Fascinating” Alan Evans, The Guardian, and ★★★★ “Absorbing and illuminating” from the Financial Times, ★★★★Total Film, ★★★★ VultureHound and “Ravishing and revolutionary” Peter York.

To mark the centenary of the October Revolution, the BBC is transmitting a selection of films and programmes across television and radio examining this significant world political event and evaluating its continued impact on society today. REVOLUTION - NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD was selected for the season as the definitive film covering the art of that period in history, which also spearheaded a paradigm shift in the framework of art at that time and since.

REVOLUTION - NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD a Margy Kinmonth film, reveals the Avant-Garde movement that flourished after the October Revolution, only to be stifled by Stalin. Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists and performers and personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, this film brings the artists of the Russian Avant-Garde to life. It tells the stories of artists like Chagall, Kandinsky and Malevich – 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 within 15 short years. With access to The State Tretyakov Gallery, The State Russian Museum and The State Hermitage Museum, the film features paintings previously banned and unseen for decades, as well as masterpieces which rarely leave Russia. The film also features Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Hollander, James Fleet, Eleanor Tomlinsonand Daisy Bevan.

Director Margy Kinmonth says: “I am delighted that my film has been selected to air within the BBC’s prestigious Russian Season. It tells the story of the Revolution from the artists’ point of view, many never filmed before. I’m inspired as an artist to discover how many descendants 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 one hundred years on.”

REVOLUTION - NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD a Margy Kinmonth film, running time 82 minutes, will air on BBC4 this Autumn (8th November at 9pm on BBC4 - to be confirmed, subject to change).

Director Biography:

MARGY KINMONTH – Producer/Director:

REVOLUTION - New Art for a New World (Foxtrot Films/Arts Alliance) theatrical feature documentary, to mark the 1917 Russian Revolution. Shown in over 30 countries.
HERMITAGE REVEALED theatrical feature documentary (Foxtrot/Arts Alliance/BBC). ROYAL PAINTBOX (Foxtrot Films/ITV/PBS) feature doc with HRH The Prince of Wales.
NAKED HOLLYWOOD (BBC) Winner BAFTA Best Documentary Series. ACE winner, Emmy nominated.
THE STRANGE WORLD OF BARRY WHO? (BBC) Winner RTS Best Arts Film Award, about Francis Bacon, Rudolf Nureyev. WAR ART WITH EDDIE REDMAYNE (Foxtrot Films/ITV/Ovation) Nominated for BAFTA, RTS, Peabody Award. LOOKING FOR LOWRY with Ian McKellen (Foxtrot/ITV). SECRET WORLD OF HAUTE COUTURE, (BBC). MARIINSKY THEATRE (Foxtrot/ITV) Maestro Gergiev. SMOKING DIARIES (BBC) Simon Gray. NUTCRACKER STORY (Foxtrot/ITV) OUTBACK ART (C4), DAWN FRENCH (ITV).
TO THE WESTERN WORLD drama (Foxtrot/C4/RTE) LFF, Winner ECA Award, Fiction Award Cork FF. BAKER’S DOZEN drama (Central TV), CASUALTY (BBC drama series), EASTENDERS (BBC) GRANGE HILL (BBC) Kinmonth received The Creative Originality Award from Women in Film & Television, 2009. Kinmonth has been awarded the Likhachev Fellowship St Petersburg 2017.