A documentary on Haitian-Puerto Rican artist Jean-Michel Basquiat has won the 2018 Best Specialist Factual award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA).
Titled Basquiat: Rage to Riches, the documentary highlights the life of Basquiat and includes the first television interview with his sisters, Lisane and Jeanine Basquiat, friends and associates.
The documentary starts off with the auctioning of Basquiat’s Untitled painting at the Sotheby’s, one of the largest dealers in fine and decorative art. The viewer is then taken right into the interviews, including Basquiat’s on his life and art.
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Produced and Directed by David Shulman, the film edged out competitors such as Blitz: The Bombs That Changed Britain, Blue Planet II and Elizabeth I’s Secret Agents.
The BBC Studios Documentary Unit production for BBC Two and PBS in association with Thirteen Productions aired in October 2017.