National Treasure Leunig Gets His Own Doco

He’s one of Australia’s most well-known cartoonists, but rarely have we glimpsed inside the fiercely private life of Leunig.

But that’s set to change with new feature documentary, The Leunig Fragments, an intimate portrait of the controversial and prolific cartoonist, filmed over five years. Told through a series of vignettes, filmmaker Kasimir Burgess had his work cut out for him in not just getting Leunig to agree to the project, but keeping the notoriously elusive artist involved in the film throughout the years (initial plans were for a shoot schedule of one year, and Leunig disappeared a few times).

His cartoons, poems and anarchic musings on the world were a fixture in Australian newspapers for decades, thanks to his ability to ruminate on world events with razor-sharp wit and tender humanity. But as the trailer above hints, his genius often came at a cost, causing the ageing artist to reflect on relationships that have suffered over the years. Check out the trailer for the film above, then keep your eyes peeled for The Leunig Fragments coming to cinemas in early 2020.

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