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|Socialites, models and pop stars made up the stream of humanity that flowed through Edward Bell’s Earls Court basement in 1981, the year Marcus Thompson shot his first cinema short entitled “Edward”. Half fantasy, half reality, the thirty minute film examines Bell’s methods, influences, lifestyle and work and was shot on 35mm in London and the South of France.
With the success of his design for David Bowie’s “Scary Monsters” album sleeve, Bell became an extremely sought-after portrait artist, leading to commissions from stars such as Elton John and Hazel O’Connor. The film is a rare insight to a contemporary artist’s life, made all the more poignant by the fact that whilst Edward survived the heady period, many of those that drifted through his studio did not.
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