Shadowman plunges the viewer into the chaotic life of a forgotten artist, from early fame as a painter and denizen of the Lower East Side, through his struggles with heroin, to his surprising comeback. As street art exploded into one of the most popular and lucrative art movements in the world, Hambleton is given one more chance to step out of the shadows.

Before Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, there was Richard Hambleton.  Not unlike today’s Banksy, Hambleton created his singular paintings — black, ghost-like silhouettes plastered on Manhattan’s buildings walls — out of plain sight, earning him a larger-than-life reputation. But in a flash, Hambleton disappeared from the New York City art scene, succumbing to drug abuse and homelessness. Anchored by a wealth of archival footage from ‘80s New York, Shadowman not only revisits Hambleton’s bygone legacy but finds him today, still painting and unrecognised among NYC’s street art legends. For all of its historical intrigue, Oren Jacoby’s riveting documentary is, first and foremost, the story of one man’s redemption as he struggles to preserve both his identity and creative gifts in the face of addiction and personal demons.

Screenings: Tribeca Film Festival 2018, Vancouver International Film Festival 2018
Dir. Oren Jacoby / USA / Documentary / 2017 / 81mins / Australian Premiere

“This is a gruesome art-world fairy tale unafraid to face the bitter details of its hero's tumultuous life.”

Peter Goldberg
Slant Magazine

“It's a harrowing movie, a captivating portrait of the modern art world, and the manner in which it repackages and resells its icons.”

Jason Bailey

"Jacoby delivers an adroit portrait of the artist at work in a technical package which wraps itself smoothly around this intense, surprising story."

Fionnuala Halligan
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