TIM'S VERMEER + Special Intro by Philip Steadman

Dir: Teller
United States / 2013 / 80mins


Date: Wed 30 April, 2014
Time: 17:00
Price: £10 (£8 concs)
There are currently no screenings of this film.

Can a computer inventor with no formal art training re-create the work of 17th Century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer? For eight years, millionaire inventor Tim Jenison attempted to do just that, and to solve one of the art world's biggest mysteries along the way.

With extraordinary wit and charm Tim's Vermeer follows Jenison's quest to paint a replica of Vermeer's 'The Music Lesson' with his own hands. Experimenting with mirrors and optics, Jenison obsessively pursues the question of how the Dutch Master was able to create such startlingly photo-realistic paintings, long before the invention of the camera.

Directed by Teller of magic duo Penn and Teller, and with Penn Jillette in front of the camera, this brilliant doc is a personal odyssey through art history, technology, painting technique and beauty - but ultimately it's a beguiling study of fascination.

Before the film there will be a special introduction by Philip Steadman, the author of Vermeer's Camera, the inspiration for Tim Jenison's pursuit to paint a Vermeer!

"An exquisitely fun documentary.- Entertainment Weekly

"A fascinating new documentary about art, obsessions, ideas and answers." - The Los Angeles Times

"So entertaining to watch, audiences hardly even realize how incendiary it is." - Variety

"Thrilling to watch" - Wall Street Journal