Leonora Carrington and the House of Fear is a rare BBC documentary from 1992 on surrealist artist Leonora Carrington.
Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) was an English debutante who, before the war, ran away to Paris to join the Surrealists. No one was quite sure what became of her after that. In 1989 her short stories were published in the UK for the first time, and in 1991 a major exhibition of her paintings toured England after opening at the Serpentine Gallery in London. The strange and sometimes disturbing world of Carrington's imagination caught the interest of both public and critics, but despite this success, Leonora didn't return to England. This was characteristic: for 75 years she had refused to do what was expected of her.
This film tells the story of her journey from a gothic mansion in Lancashire, to Paris at the height of the surrealist movement, into a lunatic asylum in Spain, and finally to Mexico City.
This film will be screened with a second title: Love Bite: Laurie Lipton and her disturbing black & white drawings. (34 minutes)
Fresh from its premiere at SXSW this summer, this will be the first screening in Leeds of a new documentary about a prolific outsider artist. Born in New York in the 1950’s, Laurie escaped the suburbs and spent thirty‐five years in Europe drawing obsessively, developing a pencil drawing style of her own.
Director James Scott said Laurie’s haunted images captivated him from the first time he saw them;
"Never had I seen images that affected me in such a way. It was a “religious” experience seeing them for the first time.... knew immediately I had to contact her. For the next four years I would stalk Lipton with my camera, filming her move to Los Angeles after thirty-five years living in Europe, and watching her drawings expand in size.
As our friendship grew, Lipton opened up more about her past and how her childhood experiences have subconsciously shaped her art, and how drawing has always been a necessity for her, not a choice."
Two films, no break, just eyepopping art back-to-back:
Leonora Carrington and the House of Fear (1992, 49 minutes)
Love Bite: Laurie Lipton and her disturbing black & white drawings (2016, 34 minutes)
Tickets are £5 adv / £4 concessions (student, over 60, unwaged) and films will start at 6pm sharp!
The bar is open from 5.30 for beers, cold drinks and snacks.
Leeds College of Art Film Club