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Published on Mar 14, 2008
Portraits are one of the great subjects of British art, and from school photos to passports portraits are also central to all our lives. In two films for Five, Fiona Shaw goes on a journey to explore pictures of people in history and today, starting with her own startling portrait at the National Portrait Gallery. She meets artists including the controversial painter Stuart Pearson Wright, Victoria Russell, who painted Fiona in 2002, and caricaturist Gerald Scarfe, together with a host of sitters and subjects.
The British Face is produced in association with London's National Portrait Gallery and Five. The DVD includes exclusively twenty short films, each of which considers a single work from the collection.