A Short Film About Richard Demarco
For many years I worked in film editing in commercials, documentaries and feature films including ‘If …. ’, ‘Deliverance’, ‘O Lucky Man’, and ‘The Great Gatsby’ (1974). Latterly, I cut commercials for Ridley and Tony Scott and Hugh Hudson.
During the last 20 years I’ve been working as an artist and exhibiting regularly. In 2017 I was invited by The Drawing Works to show my drawings at an exhibition in Edinburgh. Richard Demarco, a family friend for many years, came to see the exhibition and it was then I had the idea to make a film about his life and work.
Richard’s story has many dimensions, from a difficult childhood growing up as an Italo-Scot during the 2nd World War to the co-founding of the Traverse Theatre with Jim Haynes.
After the Traverse, Richard opened The Demarco Gallery in Melville Crescent. It was here he introduced some of the most innovative European artists, including Tadeusz Kantor, Paul Neagu and Joseph Beuys, to the UK.
Inevitably ‘A Short Film About Richard Demarco’ leaves out much of the story but it’s been made in the hope of raising funds for a longer documentary.