Foxtrot Films announced that its feature documentary about the art of the Russian Revolution, REVOLUTION: NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD produced & directed by Margy Kinmonth and co-produced by Maureen Murray, will air on BBC4 this autumn as part of the BBC’s Russian Season to mark the centenary of the Russian Revolution in October 2017. The film is made with the support of Alisher Usmanov, Founder of the Charity Fund “Art, Science and Sport”. The film’s BBC TV debut follows very its successful global theatrical release, receiving critical praise from The Times’ Kate Muir: “A Radical, Visual Feast” ★★★★, “Fascinating” Alan Evans, The Guardian, and ★★★★ “Absorbing and illuminating” from the Financial Times, ★★★★ Total Film, ★★★★ VultureHound and “Ravishing and revolutionary” Peter York. To mark the centenary of the October Revolution, the BBC is transmitting a selection of films and programmes across television and radio examining this significant world political event and evaluating its continued impact on society today.

REVOLUTION – NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD was selected for the season as the definitive film covering the art of that period in history, which also spearheaded a paradigm shift in the framework of art at that time and since. REVOLUTION – NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD a Margy Kinmonth film, reveals the AvantGarde movement that flourished after the October Revolution, only to be stifled by Stalin. Drawing on the collections of major Russian institutions, contributions from contemporary artists and performers and personal testimony from the descendants of those involved, this film brings the artists of the Russian Avant-Garde to life. It tells the stories of artists like Chagall, Kandinsky and Malevich – pioneers who flourished in response to the Utopian challenge of building a New Art for a New World, only to be broken by implacable authority within 15 short years. With access to The State Tretyakov Gallery, The State Russian Museum and The State Hermitage Museum, the film features paintings previously banned and unseen for decades, as well as masterpieces which rarely leave Russia. The film also features Matthew Macfadyen, Tom Hollander, James Fleet, Eleanor Tomlinson and Daisy Bevan. Director Margy Kinmonth says: “I am delighted that my film has been selected to air within the BBC’s prestigious Russian Season. It tells the story of the Revolution from the artists’ point of view, many never filmed before. I’m inspired as an artist to discover how many descendants are themselves working as artists today. Access to their intensely moving stories brings to life this extraordinary period of artistic innovation, which continues to exert such a powerful legacy one hundred years on.”

Founder of the Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation Alisher Usmanov says: “The beginning of the 20th century is one of the most exciting periods in the development of Russian and world art. The film Revolution – New Art for a New World allows viewers to immerse themselves in this controversial time for a fresh look at the ideas and works of art of the avant-garde, whose courage amazes after 100 years.” REVOLUTION – NEW ART FOR A NEW WORLD a Margy Kinmonth film, running time 82 minutes, will air on BBC4 this Autumn (8th November at 9pm on BBC4 – to be confirmed, subject to change). A Foxtrot Films Production filmed entirely on location in The Russian Federation and The United Kingdom with the support of Alisher Usmanov, Founder of the Charity Fund “Art, Science and Sport”.

Read our interview with Margy Kinmonth here.

About Foxtrot Films:

BAFTA Award-winning Producer/Director Margy Kinmonth and Emmy Award-winning Producer Maureen Murray make bold, hard-hitting, internationally acclaimed films about biography, art and culture, working with world class artists, film stars and institutions. Foxtrot’s cinema films include “Hermitage Revealed” (Moscow Film Festival) and “Royal Paintbox’ with HRH The Prince of Wales plus “War Art’ with Eddie Redmayne” (Award nominations: BAFTA, RTS and Peabody), “Looking For Lowry” with Ian McKellen, “Nutcracker Story” and “Mariinsky Theatre” with Maestro Valery Gergiev. “Steven Berkoff”. Find out more at: www.foxtrotfilms.com

About The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation:

The Art, Science and Sport Charity Foundation was founded by Russian businessman and philanthropist Alisher Usmanov in order to support and assist with landmark events in the fields of art, culture and sport in the Russian Federation. The Foundation provides extensive support to artists and their activities in the areas of architecture, painting, music, literature and other art forms. Find out more at: www.artscienceandsport.com

Director Biography:

MARGY KINMONTH – Producer/Director: REVOLUTION – New Art for a New World (Foxtrot Films/Arts Alliance) theatrical feature documentary, to mark the 1917 Russian Revolution. Shown in over 30 countries. HERMITAGE REVEALED theatrical feature documentary (Foxtrot/Arts Alliance/BBC). ROYAL PAINTBOX (Foxtrot Films/ITV/PBS) feature doc with HRH The Prince of Wales. NAKED HOLLYWOOD (BBC) Winner BAFTA Best Documentary Series. ACE winner, Emmy nominated. THE STRANGE WORLD OF BARRY WHO? (BBC) Winner RTS Best Arts Film Award, about Francis Bacon, Rudolf Nureyev. WAR ART WITH EDDIE REDMAYNE (Foxtrot Films/ITV/Ovation) Nominated for BAFTA, RTS, Peabody Award. LOOKING FOR LOWRY with Ian McKellen (Foxtrot/ITV). SECRET WORLD OF HAUTE COUTURE, (BBC). MARIINSKY THEATRE (Foxtrot/ITV) Maestro Gergiev. SMOKING DIARIES (BBC) Simon Gray. NUTCRACKER STORY (Foxtrot/ITV) OUTBACK ART (C4), DAWN FRENCH (ITV). TO THE WESTERN WORLD drama (Foxtrot/C4/RTE) LFF, Winner ECA Award, Fiction Award Cork FF. BAKER’S DOZEN drama (Central TV), CASUALTY (BBC drama series), EASTENDERS (BBC) GRANGE HILL (BBC) Kinmonth received The Creative Originality Award from Women in Film & Television, 2009. Kinmonth has been awarded the Likhachev Fellowship St Petersburg 2017.

  • Date: 08 November 2017
  • BBC4
  • Time: 9pm