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William McLaren - An Artist Out of Time

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Synopsis

This film is the first to document the life and work of the Scottish painter, illustrator and decorative artist, William McLaren. From humble beginnings in the 1920s in Cardenden, a mining town in Fife, McLaren went on to produce work in some of the finest houses in the UK.

His illustrations appeared regularly in the 1950s and 1960s in the BBC's Radio Times. He became a prolific book illustrator and designer of dust jackets for over 150 books.

In 1966 a commission to create a series of paintings for Hopetoun House near Edinburgh was the breakthrough for McLaren, leading to decorative commissions in private houses and public buildings where he developed his trompe l'oeil style.

The filmmakers have traced hundreds of works by McLaren and many of these are included in this documentary, together with testimony from those who knew him. He died in 1987, aged 64, leaving behind a range of work that will surprise and delight many people.  

Details

Year
2010
Type of film
Features
Running Time
51 mins
Format
DV
Director
Jim Hickey
Producer
Robin Mitchell
Editor
Jim Hickey, Robin Mitchell
Director of Photography
Jim Hickey, Robin Mitchell
Sound
William Norquay

Production Company

Freedonia Films Ltd
11/1 Fountain Close
22 High Street
Edinburgh EH1 1TF
UK

T +44 (0)131 556 1365

jim.hickey1@virgin.net
http://www.freedoniafilms.co.uk

Cadies Productions Ltd
84 West Bow
Victoria Street
Edinburgh EH1 2HH
UK

T +44 (0)131 225 6745

robin@cadies.co.uk
http://www.cadies.co.uk

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Company

Cadies Productions Ltd
84 West Bow
Victoria Street
Edinburgh EH1 2HH
UK

T +44 (0)131 225 6745

robin@cadies.co.uk
http://www.cadies.co.uk