1992 saw the global breakthrough of contemporary British art when art collector and promoter Charles Saatchi stuck the label ‘Young British Artists’ on a group of up-and-coming talents, who rode the waves of Cool Britannia, with a lot of PR savvy and sensation, to international fame.
Their favourite themes: sex, death, religion. Damien Hirst preserved sharks and cows sawn in half. Tracy Emin exhibited her unmade bed. One of the most articulate of these Young British Artists is Sarah Lucas. She made a Christ on the cross from cigarette ends, a T-shirt with two fried eggs over the breasts, and a neon coffin.
As her 50th birthday approaches, Lucas looks back. Director Elisa Miller follows the chain-smoking, heavy-drinking artist in the run-up to a big solo exhibition in Mexico. She switches constantly between Lucas’ home - a country house that once belonged to composer Benjamin Britten - and Central America, where the artist eagerly absorbs all of the exotic influences.

Filmmaker
Elisa Miller
Premiere
World premiere
Country
Mexico, United Kingdom
Year
2014
Medium
DCP
Length
76’
Language
English, Spanish
Producer
Sadie Coles, Jose Kuri, Sebastian Celis, Elisa Miller
Production Company
Sadie Coles HQ, Kurimanzutto, Molinera Cine
Sales
Sadie Coles HQ
Writer
Elisa Miller
Cinematography
Elisa Miller
Editor
Paulina del Paso
Music
Mariana Uribe