Watched Jun 22, 2012
Ronan Doyle’s review:
Francesca Woodman’s suicide at the age of 22 came as a shock to the world of photography, in which her name was just then beginning to gather clout. In his portrait of her life and work, director Scott Willis takes in interviews with her artist parents and brother in an attempt to gain an understanding of a complex woman, as well as a wide selection of her own work interspersed throughout. Perhaps out of respect for his subjects, perhaps out of his own moral reticence, Willis rather disappointingly never dares to suggest that the Woodmans’ insistence that their children become involved with art too had a significant hand in Francesca’s eventual fate, leaving his film to feel slightly lacking in the sort of investigative cover the story deserves. Even so, it manages to be an engrossing and emotionally-charged watch, an intriguing glimpse into a world strange to many, and a mind sadly alien to all.