The Romance of Bricks

Liz Finch

A 65-minute portrait of the artist Liz Finch. From her life changing accident and rural solitude, to the mad social whirl of 80s London anarchic performances and now the present day – this film by filmmaker Nichola Bruce offers an intriguing glimpse into the artist’s private world.

The film features interviews with some of Finch’s closest friends and family — and stars from the world of art and performance — who share their stories about the artist’s life and work. Contributors include musicians Jools Holland and Richard Strange, artist Brian Clarke, and art historian Martin Harrison.

The Romance of Bricks is a unique record of a remarkable life and Finch’s extensive body of work, from early drawings and surreal paintings to figurative arrangements and riotous performances.

Nichola Bruce is a director, writer and producer who works with moving image, as part of a lifelong archive, which informs her larger works. These include experimental, award-winning dramas and documentaries. Bruce was co-director of The Human Face (1990) featuring Laurie Anderson for BBC Arena as well as director of The Monument(1997) with Rachel Whiteread for BBC Arts and I Could Read the Sky (1999) with poet Dermot Healy.

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PRODUCER & WRITER Nichola Bruce  •  CINEMATOGRAPHY Nichola Bruce Sam Sharples
ASSISTANT CAMERA Jack Pyke Bruce  •   EDITOR Sam Sharples  •  ASSISTANT EDITOR Jack Pyke Bruce
PRODUCTION MANAGER Sally Lampitt  •  PRODUCTION ASSISTANT Maisie Milton  Kasia Skibinska
COMPOSERS Nichola Bruce  Sam Sharples
FOR TRANSILLUMINATE Senior Assistant Martin Booth  •  Assistant Jigisha Awuah
65 min – HD 1920×1080 – Colour – Stereo

The Romance of Bricks: The Art of Liz Finch’, HENI Publishing

The Romance of Bricks’, official website by director Nichola Bruce

Twenty Entities and The Romance of Bricks: Olivia O’Connor in conversation with Liz Finch and Nichola Bruce’, Cheerio Publishing

The Romance of Bricks’, British film directory




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