F FOR FAKE, 19th Aug 2018

Dir: Orson Welles
France / Iran / Germany / 1975 / 88mins

Book Tickets

Date: Sun 19 August, 2018
Time: 16:00
Price: Regular PEAK £9 (£7 CONCESSIONS) / OFF PEAK £5
There are currently no screenings of this film.

Having begun his filmmaking career with the ground-breaking Citizen Kane, the last film Orson Welles would complete during his lifetime was another hugely innovative masterpiece, now recognised as a classic in the history of cinema.

A cinematic essay on the topic of trickery, F for Fake is ‘…too truthful to call a fiction film and too filled with lies to call a documentary, it brings together such seemingly disparate themes as authorship, authenticity, art forgery, architecture, and girl-watching into what Welles himself thought of as “a new kind of film.”’ Colin Marshall - Open Culture

The film is a multi-layered game Welles plays with the audience: featuring archive of the notorious Elmyr de Hory, who recounts his career as a professional art forger. This serves as the backdrop for a fast-paced, meandering investigation of the natures of authorship and authenticity, as well as the basis of the value of art. Loosely a documentary, the film operates in several different genres as Welles attempts to illustrate the artifice behind all filmmaking, even that of a non-fiction variety.

The enigmatic F For Fake screens once only on 19th August in celebration of Mark Cousins’ new love letter to the great director, The Eyes of Orson Welles, playing at Bertha DocHouse from 15th August.