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Screening news

Curzon Soho Q&A hosted by Russell Brand

After a great screening at Curzon Soho there are more screenings coming up in October and November with additional dates tbc

October 29th 6.30pm –  Cornerhouse Manchester
Followed by Q&A with Bob and Roberta Smith and John Rogers

November 30th – Cine-City Brighton Film Festival
Followed by Q&A

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.”
Read the rest of the article here

‘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

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

The film

Since July 2009 I’ve been following around the artist Bob and Roberta Smith with a video camera. I’m now in the process of editing the documentary that justifies this peculiar behaviour.

The film will most likely  be called Make Your Own Damn Art – but I didn’t want to steal that for the name of the blog as it really belongs to Bob and is the title of one of his books.

I’ll be posting some thoughts and clips as the edit progresses. Then of course I hope to be posting news of screenings.

Here’s some early footage that I cut together for Wire magazine back in 2009 from a show Bob did at Beaconsfield gallery in London.

Here are a few things I wrote when I was editing a work-in-progress cut that was shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London last May.