The Private Life of the Royal Academy

We had a private screening last night of a film which Adam Low and Martin Rosenbaum of Lonestar Productions have made called The Private Life of the Royal Academy.   They have been following what the public doesn’t see for the last five years:  the meetings, the rituals, discussions and life behind closed doors.   These fly-on-the-wall documentaries have a history which has not always been happy for their subjects:  Molly Dineen’s The Ark (1993) ends with the Chief Executive leaving;  and I don’t think The House (1995) was beneficial for the Royal Opera House or the arts as a whole.   But the mood last night felt wry, occasionally ironic, and generally benign.   Olwyn Bowey RA is the star.   It is expected to go out on BBC2 on Saturday 12 May.

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