Trailer for Bosdet:  The Man behind the Glass Window. The film outlines the life and times of Henri Thomas Bosdet, who was born in Jersey, Channel Islands in 1856. After the collapse of the cod trade and the death of his wife, Bosdet’s father, a Master Mariner, was forced to relocate his young son to London.  To the boy it was an alien place, where he had to learn a new language and find ways to fit into society. A gifted artist from a young age Henri gained entry to the Royal Academy of Art where he studies under Millias. After graduation he took to teaching in various technical institutions as a means of livelihood.  It is here, influenced by William Morris and the Pre-Raphaelites, that he developed the pragmatic approach to art and design that led him to apply his skills to stain glass. Throughout the film we discover how he struggled to establish himself in London Society as an artist, and a teacher.  His foreign accent and ‘French airs’ were a focus of derision by his students and prejudice with his employers.  Driven by a need to prove himself, and come to terms with numerous family deaths, he set himself a gruelling work schedule.  Even in his ‘retirement’ in Provence, France, regardless of his health, he maintained this output and produced some of the best architectural art in Europe.  Bosdet:  The Man behind the Glass Window is a visual feast that gives the viewer not only an insight into the mind and workings of a forgotten artist but also into the unique culture and society that underpinned his life. It will be available on DVD later in 2010.
Genre
Historical Documentary
Subject
The life and works of
HENRY THOMAS BOSDET
Directors
Maya Hammarsal
and
Mark Jones
Run Time
40 minutes
Produced by
Hammarsal Productions
in conjuction
with

Mark X Jones Films
Maya Hammarsal
Hammarsal Productions
email:
functionallives@mac.com
Mark Jones
Mark X Jones Films
email:
markxjones@hotmail.com
www.markxjonesfilms.com
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