A new film about the Life and Art of Matthew Lanyon.
Award-Winning Film ‘NO HOLDS BARRED’ about the late Cornish artist Matthew Lanyon on-screen in Newlyn Filmhouse in June.
His widow Judith and West Penwith based filmmaker Barbara Santi completed the film during the lockdown and it has already been selected for several film festivals around the world in 2021, winning Best Documentary at the New Renaissance Film Festival, Amsterdam.
Screening June 22nd at 5.40 pm at Newlyn Filmhouse, seats are rapidly selling out, but it will also be shown at the St Ives Festival in September.
No Holds Barred reaches into the remarkable world of Matthew Lanyon, whose reclusive, comedic disposition disguised a fierce dedication to art, powered by love and loss. He was the second son of Peter Lanyon, the well-known, groundbreaking modernist painter who died tragically when Matthew was 13.
Matthew’s family, collectors and collaborators describe a man with a visionary talent and intellect, for whom the usual boundaries between art and life did not apply. This moving film creates rare magic from Matthew’s own words, his previously unseen audio-visual archive, and the breathtaking geology of West Cornwall.
Responses from online audiences:
‘You get a raw insight into the passions of Matthew’s life, due to the incredible archive he left behind after being taken too young’
‘Oh, it’s a wonderful film – moving, funny, entertaining, absorbing. The vividness of the paintings on screen was amazing.’
‘I’ve never seen anything like it, a ground-breaking collaboration, this deserves to be seen.’