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.