The Visual Arts
The World of Jeff Koons
The successful American artist filmed at the peak of his career. This intimate portrait takes Jeff Koons back to the strip clubs of his youth, and includes home movie footage of his childhood. Then on to the home in Munich he shared with his then wife Cicciolina (pregnant at the time), the workshops at Ortisei in the Dolomite mountains in Italy which traditionally make carved wooden figures for churches, but made them of puppies instead for Koons. Then to his studios in New York, and the foundry upstate where his stainless steel bunny was created.
Including rare archive footage of Koons and Cicciolina, and an acerbic intervention from the Australian art critic Robert Hughes.
The astonishing concrete shrines and flags made by the Fante people on the coast of Ghana, in West Africa
The magical other world of the London Underground Railway
Nick Coleman: Time Out:
Tony Knox's film is a delicately pitched anatomy of the mega-wormhole we all take so easily for granted , achieved with a largely commentary-free montage of images, interviews and clips, which succeeds in rubbing them all together into a thoroughly stimulating and gloomy spectacle.
Kate Wood: City Limits:
Wonderful. A panoramic view of London's underground system that portrays the labyrinth of tunnels and passageways in a series of contrasting images, beginning with a montage of film clips juxtaposing their dark and light sides from film makers' love of the dramatically sinister passages so often used in thrillers, to the refuge the platforms gave to thousands during the war. The viewer is taken down to the deepest tube tunnel in the world, the brainchild of pioneering Victorians but now nothing more than a reminder of failed aspirations.
John Naughton: The Listener:
A charming, quirky and fascinating film about the role the subway system has played in life and literature. . . .A veritable gem.
Alexandra Shulman: The Times:
Fast-paced and with the appealing roughness of a scrapbook's content, Tony Knox's programme successfully managed to convey the curious qualities of this "subterranean world".
Stalactites hang in a the disused Northern Line tunnel under the Thames , abandoned over a hundred years ago. While filming this sequence we could hear the sound of motor-boats passing over our heads