Peter Greenaway

Tales of carnal bargaining, conspiracy, subversion and rage. Peter Greenaway's maverick work embodies all of these and more.

Greenaway remains one of our most controversial contemporary film-makers.

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The Baby of MâconThe Baby of Mâcon

Period drama1993122 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

An apparently miraculous birth is exploited by the authorities in medieval France in Greenaway's disturbing film about corruption, starring Julia Ormond and Ralph Fiennes.

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The Draughtsman's ContractThe Draughtsman's Contract

Period drama1982107 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway became a director of international status with this witty, stylised, erotic country house murder mystery.

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The Belly of an ArchitectThe Belly of an Architect

Drama1987118 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

The splendour of Rome is the setting for Greenaway’s richly symbolic work, with Brian Dennehy as the American architect.

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The Pillow BookThe Pillow Book

Drama1996126 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

Ewan McGregor followed Trainspotting with this bewitching fusion of flesh and text for Peter Greenaway, a visually erotic delight co-starring Vivian Wu.

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Prospero's BooksProspero's Books

Fantasy1991127 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

John Gielgud plays The Tempest’s Prospero, and Greenaway experiments with digital techniques to further his vision.

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Drowning by NumbersDrowning by Numbers

Comedy1988119 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

Sex, death, number counting and game playing co-exist in Greenaway’s morbidly humorous and quite brilliant work.

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81⁄2 Women81⁄2 Women

Comedy1999121 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

A son tries to help his grief-stricken father by creating a harem at their spacious home in Peter Greenaway's Palme d'Or-nominated film.

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Eisenstein in GuanajuatoEisenstein in Guanajuato

Biopic2015106 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

One of Britain’s most inventive filmmakers, Peter Greenaway, tackles the story of arguably the most influential filmmaker in cinema history, Sergei Eisenstein.

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A Zed and Two NoughtsA Zed and Two Noughts

Animation & Artists Moving Image1985117 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

Following a fatal car crash involving a swan outside a zoo, twin-brother zoologists Oliver and Oswald become fascinated by the processes of decay.

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The FallsThe Falls

Animation & Artists Moving Image1980195 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway's epic first feature, constructed as an excerpt from an imagined, filmic directory listing everyone affected by VUE – the Violent Unknown Event

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Rembrandt's J'AccuseRembrandt's J'Accuse

Documentary2008105 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

Greenaway's companion documentary piece to Nightwatching is a forensic examination of Rembrandt’s painting.

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Goltzius and the Pelican CompanyGoltzius and the Pelican Company

Biopic2012117 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

An artist stages a series of erotic dramatisations illustrating sexual taboos from the Old Testament, in this startling and shocking return from director Peter Greenaway.

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The Greenaway AlphabetThe Greenaway Alphabet

Documentary201760 minsDirector: Saskia Boddeke

Saskia Boddeke, filmmaker and wife of Peter Greenaway, produces an exquisite, irreverent and intimate portrait of the great director working with his daughter to create an alphabet that catalogues moments of his life and career.

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Biopic2010136 minsDirector: Peter Greenaway

Martin Freeman’s hearty turn as Rembrandt anchors one of Peter Greenaway’s most accessible films, charting the creation of the Dutch master’s key work, ‘The Night Watch’.

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