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Quentin Blake: The Drawing of My Life

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Broadcaster:  BBC

In this celebration of one of Britain’s best-loved artists, the illustrator and author Sir Quentin Blake tells the story of his 70 year long career, in his own words - and with his own pictures!

This is the first documentary to be dedicated to Quentin, and features contributions from some of his closest collaborators and biggest admirers –  among them David Walliams, Michael Rosen, Lauren Child, Chris Riddell, Steven Appleby, Dapo Adeola, Josie Long and Emma Chichester Clark.  There are also readings of works Blake has illustrated, performed by Peter Capaldi, Joanna Lumley and Ore Oduba.  All of these figures have been magically woven into Blake's unique hand-drawn illustrations, and are seen rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mr Magnolia, Zagazoo and The Boy in the Dress.

There are fascinating insights into his famously fruitful collaboration with Roald Dahl, who once declared that “when people picture the BFG, what they see is Quent’s drawing" (though as Blake reveals in the film, his first attempts at picturing the iconic giant were rejected by the sometimes temperamental author.)   Roald's widow, Felicity, gives her perspective on the partnership in a rare new interview. Made with unprecedented access to Blake’s vast archive, this charming documentary offers a welcome escape for us all into the artist’s exuberant and joyful world.



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