Director Jack Hazan and writer David Mingay had access to David Hockney and his circle from 1971 to 1973, a critical period following his break-up of his relationship with Peter Schlesinger. As much an intimate study of love gone wrong as a portrait of an artist at work. (photo credits: Buzzy Enterprises)
Jack Hazan caused two of the bigger splashes in 1970s independent British filmmaking. His portraits of David Hockney (A Bigger Splash, 1974) and The Clash (Rude Boy, co-d. David Mingay, 1980) fused documentary and fictional elements in a way that was highly controversial at the time. They clearly anticipate the post-2000 rise of celebrity driven 'reality' projects, whose content often proved anything but real.