Internationally known Blighty-based art duo Gilbert & George get a thorough once-over in “With Gilbert & George,” a lively, comprehensive, somewhat low-budget docu by TV producer-helmer Julian Cole. Eighteen years in the making, pic includes abundant original interviews as well as numerous archive clips from films made by and about G&G. After debuting at this year’s Berlinale, docu has been programmed by several gay-themed fests and shown at London’s Tate Modern gallery. Last reps pic’s most natural habitat, although it would also be at home on upmarket cablers.
Long established as a single art-making unit, Italian-born Gilbert Prousch and Brit George Passmore explain how they met at St. Martin’s College in the ’60s and soon established a rep via quirky performance-art pieces, films and sculpture. Sometime in the ’80s, they found their metier with large-scale, brightly colored 2-D works featuring comely young men, bodily fluids and excrement, the multicultural world around them and, above all, themselves. Range of effects trickery (split-screen, superimpositions) jazzes the film up, although lensing looked subpar at projection caught.