Peter Watkins (born 1935) is an award-winning pioneer of the docudrama, typified by his combined use of fictional and documentary elements to dissect historical events. His work has been crucial to a critical understanding of mass media. Edvard Munch (1974), a highly regarded biopic considered by Watkins the most personal film he has ever made, dramatises three decades of the life of Munch and provides a raw and haunting portrait of the creative process as embedded within the spirit and the social relations of the time. In honour of this landmark film, Tate Modern presents a survey of Watkins’s acclaimed work on the occasion of the exhibition, Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye.
A new article about Peter Watkins by Jonty Claypole, Head of Arts Television Production at the BBC, is available in the September 2012 issue of Frieze magazine.
Tate Film is supported by Maja Hoffmann / LUMA Foundation