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Published on Nov 28, 2013
The film by director Midge Mackenzie documents the vision of Iain Hutchison, Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon at Bart's and the London Hospitals. Iain Hutchison fulfilled an ambition, nurtured for many years, when he created The Saving Faces project by inviting Mark Gilbert to work as an artist in residence and paint his patients.
Mark Gilbert is a highly acclaimed young painter from Glasgow School of Art. With Saving Faces he has captured the intense physical and emotional journey of facial surgery patients. His paintings record the patients appearance before, during and after the facial surgery that has corrected their facial deformities, repaired the damage caused by car crashes and fights, or the removal of cancerous tumours.
The resulting exhibition of remarkable paintings has informed and fascinated the public as it has toured the U.K. culminating in a major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.
This film depicts aspects of this extraordinary collaboration between painter and surgeon and reveals Iain's passion for research into facial diseases and injuries affecting the mouth and face. Mark Gilbert's sensitive touch has demonstrated the immense power of these patients. He has revealed to us that people can transcend even the most dramatic face transforming surgery and lead fulfilled lives.
Endowed and inspired by Dr Martha Redlich Hutchison 1909-1989
Interviewer: Valierie Grove -- The Times Editor: Holly Lubbock Directed and Photographed by Midge Mackenzie