The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

A Bigger Splash

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Metrograph Pictures presents a newly released 4k restoration of the groundbreaking 1974 film, A Bigger Splash.

The film is an intimate and innovative exploration of English-born, often California-based artist David Hockney and his work, honoring its subject through creative risk-taking. Director Jack Hazan creates an improvisatory narrative-nonfiction hybrid featuring Hockney, a wary participant, as well as his circle of friends, capturing the agonized end of the lingering affair between Hockney and his muse, an American artist named Peter Schlesinger. The result is at once a time capsule of hedonistic gay life in the 1970s, an honest-yet-tender depiction of gay male romance that dispenses with the the then-current narratives of self-hatred and self-pity, an invaluable view of art history in action, and a record of artistic creation that is itself a work of art.


“Among the most strikingly original films on a modern artist … an insightful portrait of the artist and his world, artfully organised and beautifully lit” — Philip French, The Guardian

“An early entry into the documentary/narrative hybrid genre, the film A Bigger Splash honors Hockney and his mesmerizing work with a portrait of the artist worthy of his creative genius.” — June Dry, Indiewire

“Hazan’s 106-minute documentary created a template for what, a quarter-century later, would be known as reality television.” — J. Hoberman, The New York Times

A Bigger Splash