‘We didn’t go to art school,” says U2’s Bono. “We went to Brian. He’s a mind-expanding drug.’ Brian Eno first starred as the feather-crested electronic keyboard genius of Roxy Music, forty odd years ago. Since then he has been hailed as a pioneer, for his revolutionary experiments in ambient music and audio visual art, and as a producer on benchmark albums by David Bowie, Talking Heads, U2 and Coldplay.In this beautiful and inspiring portrait, Nicola Roberts observes Eno working in his studio and talking with friends and colleagues.
It is immediately apparent that Eno is not only pop’s eminent egghead, but also a disarmingly warm and playful character who is constantly emphasizing the importance of chance in his achievements. The master of reinvention engages with fellow influential minds in a series of chats on science, art, systems analysis, music producing and cybernetics. Contributors include writer Paul Morley, scientist Richard Dawkins, cybernetician David Whittaker and producer Steve Lillywhite.
Arena: Brian Eno - Another Green World
60 min. / Digibeta
Cinematography: Rebecca Savage
Sound: Tom Williams
Production: Rosemary Tratt, Anthony Wall for BBC
Nicola Roberts is an award-winning arts documentary film maker. Nicola's inventive and accessible films have been made principally for the prestigious BBC arts strand Arena. Among her favourites are The Story of Food in 27 Minutes 43 Seconds, Philip K Dick: A Day in the Afterlife, Dreamgirls: The Photographs of Guy Bourdin and Blondes: Anita Ekberg.