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COMING HOME: Ridley Scott

Past national programme archive
1 April 2020 - 3 March 2021

Virtual loan
Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne

COMING HOME sees the Gallery sending portraits of iconic individuals to places they are closely associated with.

The film director Sir Ridley Scott (b.1937) has created a highly acclaimed body of work since his breakthrough film Alien (1979). His subsequent films range in subject matter and setting and include Blade Runner (1982), Thelma & Louise (1991) and the Academy Award-winning Gladiator (2000).

This drawing is part of a larger series that the National Portrait Gallery commissioned of leading film directors. Sitters were invited by the artist to choose a film of particular significance to them and the film was projected during the sitting. The title of this drawing refers to the exact frame the director was watching when Fowler captured his portrait. Scott chose a film that was a major turning point for him and his relationship to cinema.

Sir Ridley Scott was born in South Shields, and later lived in County Durham. In a 2003 interview with The Chronicle he said “I have very fond memories of that part of England…It’s my old stamping ground. If a movie takes me there, yes, I’d have no hesitation.”

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