Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War

Margy Kinmonth, GB, 2022

Freddie Fox, Tamsin Greig, Harriet Walter (voices) Rated PG Run time 87 mins

An outstanding documentary about the life, tragic death and extraordinary artistic legacy of Sussex artist Eric Ravilious. A stunningly gifted draughtsman, Ravilious forged a wonderfully diverse career as illustrator, printmaker, designer and landscape artist during the 1930s before joining the Royal Navy (and then the RAF) as an official War Artist. At the same time, his wife – the equally talented painter and printmaker Tirzah Garwood – had to cope with raising their children while Ravilious pursued affairs with fellow-artists Helen Binyon and Diana Low. Kinmonth’s long-nurtured labour of love gives us all the facets of this complex but undoubtedly brilliant man.

100% – Rotten Tomatoes

7.4 / 10 – IMDB

“Veteran arts documentary director Margy Kinmonth makes an excellent argument for elevating the status of watercolourist and etcher Eric Ravilious in this lovingly crafted biographical film. “

“Extracts from Garwood’s autobiographical writings and the letters that flew between the couple over the years, voiced by Tamsin Greig and Freddie Fox, bring the story to life”

Eric Ravilious: Drawn to War review – a lovingly crafted documentary portrait – The Arts Desk