Review: “Bob and Roberta doc is simply Brill”

a-n news by: Jack Hutchinson

“Filmed over three years and premiered at last week’s East London Film Festival, a new film about Bob and Roberta Smith offers a fascinating insight into the life of the artist.”
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‘Four flame’ review in New Empress magazine

“The central message conveyed by Bob and his art is that yes, we should definitely be making our own art. He does cite the apparently inspiration and effort free art from the Hoxton basement dwellers as one main reason for getting out the watercolours; Bob makes it very clear that he thinks the art world struggles under the snobbery and domination of the rich.”

You can read the full review here

Interview with Director John Rogers

Here’s an interview with Make Your Own Damn Art director John Rogers in the East London Guardian

Audio remix

Here’s a short audio remix using sound from the film and music composed for the soundtrack by Bob and Roberta Smith.

You can book tickets for the premiere in the East End Film Festival here including live performances by The Ken Ardley Playboys and The Apathy Band

Trailer (of sorts)


Short teaser for the film
The premiere at the East End Film Festival is on 7th July – book here

Now We Can Look the East End in the Face

This is a Bob and Roberta Smith from Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn, New York.

Joe Amrhein of Pierogi gave me a great interview for the film as he talked through his collection of Bob’s early works and talked about Bob’s riotous Art Amnesty show at the Gallery.

Click here for tickets to the premiere of Make Your Own Damn Art at the East End Film Festival and the Bob and Roberta Smith night featuring a performance by the Ken Ardley Playboys and a Q&A with John Rogers (Director) and Bob and Roberta Smith.

World Premiere Announced

The ‘World Premiere’ of Make Your Own Damn Art was announced yesterday at the Press Launch for the East End Film Festival. The screening will be on Saturday 7th July at the Rich Mix Cinema, Bethnal Green Road, London E1.

Before the screening Bob’s band, The Ken Ardley Playboys will be doing a gig in the bar. The Ken’s music is featured throughout the film – so it should be a bit of a special occasion.

More info about the screening and the gig here