Hart House Theatre Sat, Apr 27, 2019 9:15 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Mon, Apr 29, 2019 1:30 PM
Hart House Theatre Sun, May 5, 2019 12:30 PM
Film Info
Country Listing:UK
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Visual Artists, Art & Photography
Western & Central Europe
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Charlie Paul
Producer(s):Lucy Paul
Editor(s):Joby Gee
Cinematography:Charlie Paul
Composer:Peteris Vasks
Sound:Charlie Paul


From the initial mounting of the canvas to every stroke of the paintbrush and even the eventual sale of the artwork, follow the meticulous process of Scottish artist Peter Howson as he brings to life his epic oil painting Prophecy. Over a months-long journey with Howson in his Glasgow studio, this unique artist profile gives you step-by-step insight into what goes into a single painting, with intimate access to his train of thought as he realizes a darkly ambitious apocalyptic vision. Opening up about his life, inspirations and method, Howson shares his affinity for El Greco, da Vinci, Goya and Tintin, and describes how his traumatizing time as a war painter in Bosnia and past struggles with addiction influence his work. Contemplating his next moves throughout the fascinating evolution of the piece, Prophecy studies both a master's technique and his creative approach in extraordinary detail. Adam Cook

Additional Information

  • NOW - Norman Wilner's top 10 must-see films at Hot Docs 2019
  • Sidewalk Hustle - Painter Peter Howson is the subject of 'Prophecy'
  • NOW - 4 Stars
  • POV - "Gives audiences the privilege to view a masterpiece."
  • The Gate - 3 Stars