Films on literature, music, art, history, society and more. Top up your ideas! The films in the Academy media library form the core of the site effort to nudge folk towards 'being cultured.' In our eyes 'being cultured' just means knowing a bit more about how the world works, how human beings work together best, what it means to be a worthwhile person in a general as well as a particular sense. There is no creed on offer. It's not a religion. There are no absolute answers. But quite a few folk have done it before us so we need to look back as well as we can and use their experience. We need to read their books and look at what they created. The astonishing resource of easily available films like these on your smartphone or screen means that getting cultured is open to millions whereas before it was only a tiny minority of folk 'born lucky' at the top of society you might say who had the chance. They didn't always take it! Make sure you do.. Get going!
Leonardo is famous all over the world as the man who painted the Mona Lisa. But he was a very unusual painter. He did not complete many paintings and his interests ranged over a wide variety of subjects. He was very unorthodox in an age which was just opening up to the new renaissance ideas on science and beliefs. This film by Malcolm Hossick explores the life and work of this most remarkable man. dur: 49 mins
LEONARDO da Vinci, portrait of an uncomfortable genius
It is 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most complicated and unusual artists of all time. This film by Malcolm Hossick (Van Gogh, Proust, Kafka, The Mystery of Art, Shakespeare, Mahler, the History and Culture of China..... and so on) explores the extraordinary world of t...