5 December 2011

Jean Marc Calvet has led a very interesting life. He only actually began to paint at the age of 38 as a result of a drug-induced rage. Before that he was in the Foreign Legion, a bodyguard at Cannes, successfully robbed a Miami mobster, went on the run in Central America and abandoned his family.

The documentary features Calvet not only talking extremely honestly about these episodes in his life, but also actually acting some of them out when he feels the urge. It also follows him as he makes the life-changing journey to trace his son that he left 12 years earlier.

The work of Calvet undoubtedly is influenced by his life experiences and is more of an exorcism of his demons. He was recently selected to represent Nicaragua at the Biennale of Central America in Panama and his paintings sell for five figure sums, not bad for someone who only started to paint seven years ago. We've picked out some of our favourite paintings below so you get a feel of  his work, and you can check out the trailer here.

Director Dominic Allen will be here tomorrow for a Q&A session accompanying the documentary. The screening starts at 6pm and you can book tickets online, in person at the box office or by calling 0871 902 5737.