"The cinema of our fathers and forefathers is rapidly changing. We have new technological languages and procedures of great and marvelous aspect. We should put new wine in new bottles, revise our cinematic intelligences, reinvent a new cinema that should certainly be architectonic, multi-medial and inter-active. We can say why the old cinema is dying, better still - we can intimate what the new possibilities might be. Here are some new possibilities".
Peter Greenaway was born in Wales and educated in London. He trained as a painter for four years, and started making his own films in 1966. He has continued to make cinema in a great variety of ways, which has also informed his making of installations for the Palazzo Fortuny in Venice, the Joan Miro Gallery in Barcelona, the Boymans -van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam, the Louvre in Paris, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Hoffburg in Vienna, the Brera in Milan and the Armory in New York. He has worked and collaborated with the composers John Cage, Philip Glass, Michael Nyman, Wim Mertens, Louis Andriessen, Goran Brekovic, Giovanni Sollima and David Lang, and toured the world with his Tulse Luper Suitcases VJ Show. He has regularly been nominated for the Film Festival Competitions of Cannes, Venice and Berlin, published books and written for the theatre and opera. His first feature film, The Draughtsman´s Contract, completed in 1982, received great critical acclaim and established him internationally as one of the most original and important film makers of our times, a reputation consolidated by the films, The Cook, The Thief, his Wife & her Lover and The Pillow-book and most recently by Nightwatching and the documentary rembrandt’s j’accuse.