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Clive Barker's Abarat: The Artist's Passion (2004)

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Pretty good, but frustratingly short
11 March 2007 | by (Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

As documentaries about Clive Barker go, this is one of the better ones as it isn't a Beginner's Guide to his work. Having said that, nor is it an in-depth look at the man. It is very simply an advert for Abarat, where Clive walks us through his studios, looking at the various paintings he has created for the books. THere will be little new to see there for those who have bought the books (although in the background there are some tantalising glimpses of cool-looking paintings that have not yet been seen anywhere else as yet). And bookending this walk around the paintings are sections where we see Clive at work on the canvases, while he talks us through his love of painting. If only this were an hour long, but it is only about 15 minutes. Could be so good, but unfortunately it is all over before it gets the chance to take us anywhere but the most obvious places, and tell us stuff we already know. Frustrating.


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