4.5

MIFF: Acute Misfortune

Biography


 

The story of the collaboration and symbiotic relationship between Australian artist Adam Cullen and his biographer by Erik Jensen.

The non-judgemental approach of the biographer is faithfully adopted here by the filmmakers and is used to tell a fascinating piece of recent art history. "Acute Misfortune" is more concerned with the man than his art, and the story is told complete with drugs, guns, and insecurities. What is drawn on the screen is an unconventional picture of an infamous artist and, for audiences, proof that a documentary can be sensational without the sensationalism of the subject. Fortune smiles on filmgoers.

Anne Murphy

MIFF 2018
90 mins