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#TVforTeachers – Pick of the Week – National Gallery

On Sunday night, BBC Four will be screening Frederick Wiseman’s documentary about the National Gallery. Filmed around the institution with no voiceover, no score, and no added sound effects – this film gives insight into how the gallery works.

From the BBC:

Combining a vivid sense of how vast the gallery’s many activities are with an eye for droll observational detail, the film reveals how the gallery works and its relations with its staff, public and paintings.

This film would be ideal for showing a class the works housed in National Gallery, the ‘behind the scenes’ day-to-day running of art institution, or to spark a discussion about the demands and expectations of the documentary format.


National Gallery: a Film by Fredrick Wiseman will be aired on BBC Four, at 8pm on Sunday 3rd of May and will be available on iPlayer soon after.


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