Leaving Home Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank
A definitive Grierson, RTS, FIFA winning film about seminal photographer Robert Frank’s life and the unique ways his biography and art intersect to produce powerful, richly textured images. Shot in cinema-verite style between New York and Nova Scotia the film captures Frank reflecting on a lifetime of image making that produced The Americans, probably the most influential book of photography of the last sixty years and films like Pull My Daisy and Cocksucker Blues. From the Lower East Side to Coney Island he revisits places he photographed, converses with his wife, artist June Leaf and opens up about the tragedy of losing both his children. The film was recently selected as one of Christies’ Ten of the World’s Best Art Documentaries.
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This tough, abrasive, charming man looks back on a life devoted to the lens in Gerald Fox’s subtly observed, beautifully crafted film.
The Daily Telegraph
An intimate, idiosyncratic portrait of arguably the worl’d greatest living photographer. A culture-vulture must watch!
The Mail on Sunday
An absorbing profile...Frank’s world weary attitude lends something of an edge to Gerald Fox’s film but the director turns the potential problem into a bonus and goes with the flow.
The Sunday Times
A rare insight into Franks’ work, this is moving, poignant and inspiring material: much like his images.
It’s a coup for the filmmaker and it delivers a raw portrait of an era-defining artist.
The Sunday Telegraph
The most enjoyable parts of this moving documentary show Frank with his second wife, the sculptor June Leaf.
Sarah Kent, The Arts Desk
A superb document. An authoritative, remarkably candid and often moving study.
A film that reflects the interior of its subject via the exterior look of the film, enhancing not only the artists’ body of work, but our understanding of the artist and human experience as a whole, an engaging, gorgeous exploration of Frank’s art and life and the symbiosis between them.
Danielle DiGiacomo, Documentary