Still from Peter Watkins's film Edvard Munch
Peter Watkins, Edvard Munch (film still), 1973

One of the most interesting things about working on an exhibition is the possibility of being introduced to an artist, writer or filmmaker that was not previously on your radar.

For me this happened while I was working on the Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye exhibition when I was introduced to the work of filmmaker Peter Watkins. With a pioneering approach to the docudrama Watkins film Edvard Munch (1973) uses mainly amateur actors to portray an experimental portrait of Munch’s life. Shot in Norway the film brings to life some of the most well known motifs in Munch’s painting. Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye at Tate Modern has brought about the opportunity to screen Edvard Munch and to look in more depth at Watkins work by presenting an extended programme of his films.

The Peter Watkins film programme begins on Friday 14 September with The Gladiators (1969), the first screening of Edvard Munch will be on Sunday 16 September.

Still from Peter Watkins's film Edvard Munch showing the painter at work

Peter Watkins, Edvard Munch (1973) Film still

© Peter Watkins/NRK and SVT, Courtesy Oliver Groom, Project X Distribution