Ben Lewis an award-winning (and eclectic) documentary filmmaker, journalist, author and art critic. His latest book “The Last Leonardo – The Secret Lives of the World’s Most Expensive Painting” was published in 2019. Other books include “Hammer and Tickle”, a history of humour under Communism and two monographs about contemporary British artists, David Hepher and John Loker. His articles have been widely published in the international press, including Die Welt and Monopol in Germany, Prospect Magazine, Sunday Telegraph, The Observer, The Times and the Financial Times in the UK, Libération in France.
Lewis’ films have been shown globally by the BBC, Channel 4, Arte, PBS, Al-Jazeera, ABC-Australia and other major broadcasters. Those films include an unauthorized 90-minute history of the Beatles Apple Corp .,”The Beatles, Hippies and Hells Angel”, “Chancers – the Great Gangster Film Fraud” and “A Banker’s Guide to Art.”
His documentaries and televised series have been on highly topical subjects and have provoked public debate and influenced political decision-making. “The Great Contemporary Art Bubble” stimulated an international controversy, still continuing today, about the art market, while “Blowing Up Paradise: French Nuclear Testing in the Pacific” is credited with influencing the French government’s decision to compensate its soldiers and citizens who suffered illnesses after working on atomic installations in Tahiti.
Ben is the recipient of various awards including a Peabody, Grierson, US National Headliner and German Grimme Prize.
Check out his full curriculum vitae at Ben Lewis Projects.