A day spent in fitting tribute to art critic and writer John Berger, organised and presented in collaboration with the British Film Institute (BFI). A unique day of screenings and discussion, contemplating arts proximity to potential, the role of art to see that man's destiny is in in his own hands and pondering to what extent Berger's legacy has been absorbed generally into our institutions. A timely reminder also of the treasure trove that is the BFI National Archive and also my first encounter with his masterpiece of witness, The Fortunate Man.
“Like an artist, or like anybody else who believes that his work justifies his life, Sassall – by our society’s miserable standards – is a fortunate man - Berger.”
The Guardian review by Gavin Francis, author of Adventures in Human Being ' published by The Wellcome Collection, says more than I can possibly say about this inspiring work.
And finally, the inspiration to at last watch The Seasons in Quincy and a chance to observe his touching friendship with one of my all-time heroines & fellow alumna of Murray Edwards College, Cambridge a few years before me, Tilda Swinton.