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Sean Scully: Art Comes From Need

Sean Scully: Art Comes From Need
Sean Scully (photo © Sisyphos Film)

Sean Scully: "Perfect paintings are dead paintings."

The film presents one of the most fascinating and popular abstract painters of our times. Sean Scully is shown painting a new picture, GREY WOLF. The process of painting is accompanied by Scully’s biographical tales and reflections when he talks about the complicated relationship with his parents, the disaster that was his childhood and his past as a member of an Irish street gang in London. And about his overwhelming ambition to become an artist and his troublesome path to recognition and success. Alongside the artist’s own reflections on his past we accompany him to the opening of a major retrospective in Barcelona and see him as a teacher with his students at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. With rare openness, Scully tells about his traumata and backlashes as well as about the exciting creative process and the closeness to failure. It is the portrait of a man who, against all obstacles, has followed his own artistic creed: “Art comes from need”.


Hans Andreas Guttner completed Theater, Journalism and Law Studies in Vienna and Munich. With his production company Sisyphos Film, he has made numerous films for cinema and television. In 1985 he initiated the Munich International Documentary Film Festival. His works include: Labyrinth (1976), Kiosk (1977), the award-winning five-part series Europe - A Transnational Dream (1979-1996), The Kings of the Whole Wide World (1983), Fuersprecher (1986), Eine Erfolgsgeschichte (1990), Die Fuhre (1991), A Candle for the Madonna (1996), Weichen fuer die Zukunft(2002), Die Megaklinik (2004), and the \"Turkish Trilogy\" The Bazaar of Urfa (2006), The Tailor Boy of Urfa (2008), Happy Journey (2009), and Sean Scully: Art Comes From Need (2010).
Genre Art
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2010
Director Hans Andreas Guttner
Screenplay Hans Andreas Guttner, Werner Petermann
Cinematography Hans-Albrecht Lusznat, Bjoern Kurt
Jean André
Lars Kurz, U2
Producers Hans Andreas Guttner, Jutta Malin
Production Company Sisyphos Film/Munich
Length 93 min
Format color
Original Version
 English/German
Subtitled Version German
Sound Technology Stereo

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