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Bill Brookes - Painter of Darwen
Bill Brookes - Painter of Darwen

Bill Brookes - Painter of Darwen 1976


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Bill Brookes - Painter of Darwen 1976

11 mins United Kingdom

Self-taught artist Bill Brookes is the subject of this absorbing documentary. Giving up a mill job to paint full-time was hard for a family man, but his determination paid off as he became the first artist to hold an exhibition in the small Lancashire town of his birth. Now secure in his vocation, he reflects upon the role of an artist, and how fame, even at a local level, can be a mixed blessing.

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Painters (fine art)


The Arts on Film




United Kingdom



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