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Brighton director explores relationships with art in new documentary, Brain

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Brighton director explores relationships with art in new documentary, Brain

Does artistic ability stem from the heart or mind?

 

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 changed.

 

"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 at 10pm.

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