May 9, 2017
Film Director, Screenwriter and Artist
Filming the Self
Peter Greenaway is a British film director, screenwriter, and artist. His work addresses the changing status of the image in the contemporary world, and addresses profound questions on the historical role of art in culture. He expresses his critical relation to visualisation in paintings, films, television and multi-media formats, that have earned him international acclaim. His films are noted for their distinct influence of Renaissance, Baroque and Flemish painting. Common traits in his films are the scenic composition and illumination and the contrasts of costume and nudity, nature and architecture, furniture and people, sexual pleasure and painful death. He is the director of the films The Falls (1980), The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982), A Zed & Two Noughts (1985), The Belly of an Architect (1987), Drowning by Numbers (1988) and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), and Nightwatching (2007), among other productions.