The documentary film we have been making since 2018 was completed in late 2020:
No Holds Barred, The Life and Art of Matthew Lanyon
Steeped in the task of sorting, cataloguing and protecting his archive it became clear to me that to do justice to the legacy, and to celebrate the vibrancy and visionary nature of the artist, a special film needed to be made. Barbara Santi and I have worked closely together to build a moving story integrating archive with contemporary interviews, and life with art. The response to the film has been extraordinary; it does not disappoint.
The trailer can be accessed here.
No Holds Barred was screened online to a private audience of over 350 people by Art360 Foundation in November 2020 and January 2021. For information about further screenings please contact: either firstname.lastname@example.org or check @matthewlanyonestate on instagram.
I would like to thank Barbara Santi for her sensitive response to the material and her skill in creating a story that flows so beautifully across time, themes and landscape. Many thanks also to all the people who agreed to be interviewed for the film and those who allowed us to film in their homes. It has been a demanding project of course, and given lockdown conditions in 2020 we had to resort entirely to distance working for the final phase of editing decisions, which makes it all the more satisfying to have completed it.
On Jan 28th 2021 Barbara and Judith talked about the making of the film and how it relates to Matthew's legacy, with Ellie Porter and Mark Waugh of Art360 Foundation. The Q&A can be seen on YouTube here.
The New Renaissance Film Festival (Amsterdam) have selected No Holds Barred. They celebrate films which 'are genuinely imaginative, emotional and life-enhancing'. The film festival will run online from March 24 - 28th 2021 at https://nrff.nl