Van Gogh: Painted with Words 2010

Benedict Cumberbatch as Gogh © BBC

Benedict Cumberbatch as Gogh © BBC

A drama-documentary using dialogue sourced from the artist’s letters to his brother. This is Van Gogh’s story in his own words.

Production Company: BBC
Kent Filming Locations:   Ramsgate, Thanet

A drama-documentary presented by Alan Yentob, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Van Gogh.

Every word spoken by the actors in this film is sourced from the letters that Van Gogh sent to his younger brother Theo, and the people around him. What emerges is a complex portrait of a sophisticated, cultured and yet tormented man. The programme includes scenes of Ramsgate, where Van Gogh once stayed.

Ramsgate is a beautiful coastal town which offers stunning Victorian architecture, a beach, amusements, arcades, shops, eateries and a theatre.  The Ramsgate area has been chosen as a film location by productions including True Love (2012), Songs of Praise: Pugin God’s Architect (2012) and Van Gogh: Painted With Words (2010).

Van Gogh: Painted with words will be shown on BBC1 at 5:10pm on Monday 5 April


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