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This year Arena celebrates its 40th anniversary, which makes it the longest running arts documentary strand in the world. To mark the occasion, Arena presents Night and Day, a new film made entirely from Arena's own unique archive. For four decades, Arena has addressed the arts and culture of the world, high and low - from T.S.Eliot to Amy Winehouse. The Arena archive is a treasure trove that provides a history of the last hundred years. Night and Day evokes the one experience common to everything on the planet, the 24 hour cycle from dawn to dusk to dawn again.
Rather than making a 'best of' compilation to mark the anniversary, the decision was made to try and bring the past into the present and make a new film - 24 hours in 90 minutes in 40 years of Arena. It's an evocation, drawn entirely from Arena films, of the inexorable 24 hour cycle of Night and Day, and is a feat of editing and the creative use of archive.
Executive Producers: Brett Ratner, James Packer, Michael Kantor
Producers: Scott Berrie, Robin Yigit Smith, Joshua Green, Thane Rosenbaum
In Association with: RatPac Documentary Films and Matador
In a never-before-seen interview filmed a few years before his death, Sidney Lumet guides us through his life and work.
Powerfully dramatic and wildly entertaining films such as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, 12 Angry Men, and Network, are just part of the canon of one of the most socially conscious directors in the history of cinema. Peabody and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Nancy Buirski (Afternoon of a Faun, The Loving Story) presents an intimate portrait of Lumet. With his typical candour, humour and grace, he reveals what mattered to him as an artist and a human being.
The film confronts our worst nightmares of impending death and turns them upside down. It tells the extraordinary story of musician Wilko Johnson, who diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live, accepted his fate with uplifting positivity and embarked on a farewell tour, capturing the imagination of the world. But like every good story Wilko's has a fine twist. Two years later, confounding the odds, Wilko wakes up in a hospital bed, unexpectedly sentenced to live, having to integrate those enlightened lessons learnt under sentence of death into the unexpected and ongoing future of his life.
This feast of very rare and beautiful clips are used sublimely to illustrate the fears and joys of a man facing his own demise. Death illustrated through cinema. The film includes footage never seen before including archive of Johnny Kid and The Pirates from UTV and wonderful amateur footage of Canvey Island from Richard Morgan and Brian Waterman of the Brandon Estate cine club. The director Jonathan Demme has said of Julien's film that it is a "game changer" in the way it uses archive to illustrate its subject.