|Original title||Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles|
|UK Release Date||3 July 2015|
|Cast||Orson Welles, Peter Bogdanovich, Julie Taymor, Steven Spielberg, Elvis Mitchell, Simon Callow, William Friedkin, Norman Lloyd, Robert Wise, Martin Scorsese, George Lucas, Costa-Gavras, Anthony Perkins, Walter Murch, Jonathan Rosenbaum|
|Distributor||British Film Institute (BFI)|
A wonderfully entertaining, illuminating and very touching portrait of Orson Welles. A child prodigy who went on to make extraordinary, often game-changing contributions to whatever medium he chose to be involved in – radio, theatre, film and TV – Welles quickly came to be regarded as a 'genius': a double-edged acclamation, with its hints of profligacy and arrogance. The truth was more complex, as shown by Workman's use of clips from works both familiar and unreleased; testimonies from family, friends and fans, collaborators and critics (from Simon Callow to Steven Spielberg); and, best of all, anecdotes, admissions and insights galore from the great man himself. As Peter Brook says, we shall never see his like again.