Welcome to SWiM Cinema
SWiM cinema makes films about art. SWiM is an endeavor to use the medium of factual film to emphasize the importance of creativity and to tell the stories of seminal artists. The films here are offered for free, no corporate or broadcaster sponsors are involved. To access the SWiM Cinema Screening Room click here.
Support SWiM cinema by making a donation, your support goes towards the production of new films and for translation/subtitling. Please click support art and give what you can. To learn more about SWiM cinema see the about page. Below you can read about and see clips from our ever-growing catalogue of artumentary films.
Fred Lyon: Living Through the Lens is an intimate exposé of San Francisco photographer Fred Lyon, who is still going strong after seven decades behind the camera. Though Lyon is one of America’s leading advertising, interior design, architectural, food, wine, and travel photographers, he is best known for his mood-soaked street photography of San Francisco in the ’40s and ’50s. This film takes the viewer inside the world of Lyon, exploring his immense archive of San Francisco images (taken over the past 70 years), the film also goes into what it takes to make a living from photography, revealing the story of this prolific, innovative artist.Actor/Writer Simon Callow, world-renowned for his mastery of the ‘One-Person Play’ (or ‘Living Biographies’) teamed up in 2008 with Shakespearean scholar Jonathan Bate to create an all new stage show celebrating and exploring the life and work of William Shakespeare. After 3 years of writing, re-writing and touring, the play ‘Being Shakespeare’ opened to rave reviews in London’s West End. This film follows the plays creation from its first writing sessions, pitching to producers, rehearsals, early test performances, initial 2010 UK tour (from Plymouth to Edinburgh) all the way to its success in the West End. A film about the reality of creating a play in today’s theatre world. Interviews and commentary from Callow and Bate combined with loads of ‘in process’ footage provide an idea of what the plays subject William Shakespeare actually did – create theatre. For the first time the full story is told of one of literature’s most misunderstood and influential Gay writers - W. Somerset Maugham, author of Of Human Bondage, The Razor’s Edge, The Painted Veil, Rain & numerous other classic stories, plays and novels. Somerset Maugham broke all the rules of literature yet became the most successful writer of his age and the world’s first ‘millionaire author’. Today his books continue to be read by millions and Somerset Maugham is admired by countless best-selling authors. Includes interviews with Armistead Maupin, Alexander McCall Smith, Pico Iyer, Alan Furst, Selina Hastings, Ronald Harwood, Nicky Haslam, Camilla Chandon (Somerset Maugham’s Granddaughter), Nicolas Paravicini (Somerset Maugham’s Grandson) and many more. Duration: 84 mins. *Subtitled in français, 日本, العربية, español & english for the hearing impaired and numerous extras. This internationally acclaimed artumentary tells the story of one of films most original and adored artist - the French cinema icon Jacques Tati. As the creator of classics such as ‘Mon Oncle’, ‘Les Vacance de Mr. Hulot’ & ’Playtime’, Jacques Tati changed the way the world experiences movies. From Tati’s days as a mime on music-hall stages of 1930s Paris to his Oscar-wining years as ‘Mr. French-Cinema’ during the 1950-60s. Today Jacques Tati remains an inspiration to artists, directors, cartoonists, musicians and film lovers, his unique creative methods and original vision of the world remain powerful to all who experience his films. ‘The Magnificent TATi’ includes clips from every Jacques Tati film and interviews with Mike Mills, Frank Black, Sparks, David Bellos, Sylvain Chomet and many others. Duration: 60 mins. Often called the father of modern photography, Frenchman Eugène Atget embraced a heartfelt realism that influenced generations of younger photographers—including an American, Berenice Abbott, who championed him in his later career and carried on his legacy. This film examines the work of both artists, juxtaposing Atget’s Paris oeuvre with Abbott’s views of New York, describing how their paths crossed amidst the Parisian avant-garde, shedding light on their unlikely connection to the surrealists, and helping viewers understand the aesthetic and personal bond they shared. Rare archival interview footage featuring Berenice Abbott is included, along with commentary from photographers working today. Duration: 52 mins.
Films SWiM is now working on:
‘Lolita’s Butterfly’ - The story of Vladimir Nabokov’s, author of ‘Lolita’, passion and contributions to Lepidoptera. This film has been partially shot and currently I am now doing fund-raising to complete it.
Karl Blossfeldt - This will be the first feature film that explores the photography and the teaching methods of the German artistic icon. This film is in development stages.
Foujita - The first film in English to tell the amazing story of Japanese Artist Léonard Tsugouharu Foujita (藤田 嗣治). This film is currently being researched.
If you would like to offer your support for completing the above films or if you can offer support for translation for subtitling please drop me – Michael House an email.