Had enough of leftover turkey and mince pies? Take a break of the Christmas festivities and go and see Big Eyes, which is being released in cinemas today. Not only is the film directed by Tim Burton but it also retells the story of American artist, Margaret Keane.
Keane's artwork became incredibly popular in the 1960s when her large, sad eyed children were in big demand. Unfortunately at the time all the credit and money was going to Margaret's husband, Walter, who was portraying himself as the artist, when in fact all he was doing was signing his name at the bottom of the completed pieces. It wasn't until 1970 when Margaret announced that she was the true artist on a radio broadcast. Walter took Margaret to court and after a long trial it was finally proved that Margaret wasn't lying.
This is an incredible story of a truly talented lady. I've always wanted to own a couple of Keane's pieces. Those large sad eyes bring back alot of memory for me. When I was growing up there was a stage when every doctors and dentist surgery had copies hanging in their waiting rooms.
I can't wait to see if Burton has put his usual twist on it. Plus it will be very strange to watch a film of his that doesn't star Johnny Depp or his wife, Helena Bonham Carter.
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