A biography of British painter Francis Bacon and his relationship with his lover, a former small time crook…
John Maybury (born 25 March 1958) is an English filmmaker. In 2005 he was listed as one of the 100 most influential gay and lesbian people in Britain.
John Maybury was brought up in Enfield by his mother and father, Elsie and George Maybury. He has four sisters and two brothers. John Maybury attended St. Ignatius College, Enfield before attending St. Albans College of Art & Design, North East London Polytechnic and Saint Martins College of Art.
Through the 1980s he produced a number of short films and music videos including the video for Sinéad O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” which was voted #35 in a Channel 4 poll of the greatest pop music videos. John received various awards for this video.
In 1998 he produced his first full length feature Love Is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon a biopic on the life of Francis Bacon starring Derek Jacobi and Daniel Craig. The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard section… read more
For my money, this is the most exquisite and moving queer film out there since Jean Genet's "Un Chant d'Amor" — it's something like the best gay arthouse flick that David Lynch or Peter Greenaway never made.
There are several scenes that distort the characters, leaving them half out of focus and giving off a general sense of grotesqueness. These scenes recall many of Bacon's paintings, and make the film very onteresting visually. The experimentalism of the film pays off and we end with a very personal and at times tender portrayal of the characters.