Brighton director explores relationships with art in new documentary, Brain
Does artistic ability stem from the heart or
That's the question asked by Brighton director Polly Staniford
who directed Brain, the first in a series of ABC documentaries
about the human anatomy.
Her subject was Cheltenham artist Jamie Daddo twin brother of TV
identity Andrew Daddo.
Jamie Daddo suffered a brain injury after he was hit by a car in
1985, and since then art has become his life.
Staniford said her documentary explored the relationship between
the twins before and after the accident, and the impact it had on
Jamie regarding art.
"I have always been fascinated with the brain and also with
art," Staniford said. "This (film) looks at the deeper story,
Jamie's relationship with Andrew, and if and how it has
"Making this was such a rewarding experience."
Daddo said it was challenging being the subject for a change,
rather than the creator. "This was a bit difficult, it brought
everything back to the fore about the horrible accident and the way
it changed my life.
"Art enlightens me, I hope it enlightens others."
Brain is on ABC1 in the Artscape timeslot next Tuesday, March 12
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