Cine164 – November 2014 // BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING – Preview

After kicking off October with an overwhelmingly successful beginning to our new Cine164 strand, we can’t wait to return to Gallery at Munro House this November with a special presentation of Neil Berkeley’s documentary biopic Beauty Is Embarrassing (2012).

Infectiously funny and joyful, Beauty Is Embarrassing, which screened at Leeds International Film Festival in 2012, documents the career of Wayne White – painter, sculptor, illustrator, puppeteer, writer, art director, production designer… a very creative guy!

Raised in Tennessee, White’s career took off when he landed a production job on the fledgling Pee-Wee’s Playhouse TV show. An overnight success, the creative and colourful show was soon shipped cross-country from New York to Los Angeles and White went with it. The Playhouse bowed out at the height of its popularity and the production team found themselves in high demand.


The film finds White living in California with his wife, Mimi Pond (a cartoonist and the writer of the very first episode of The Simpsons), and two children. For several years he has specialised in ‘word paintings’; thrift store landscape murals which White then improves or defaces, depending on your disposition, by painting bold, cartoonish phrases over them.

A renaissance man, White discusses how during the intervening years, in which he served as production designer on several failed TV shows, art director on several music videos including Smashing Pumpkin’s ‘Tonight, Tonight’ directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Little Miss Sunshine), and one-man animation unit on a variety of projects, his work led toward his current professional incarnation as a fine art painter.


Wayne White’s main objective is to shake the art world free from its stranglehold of pretension and instil in it a new found appreciation for humour, something he feels is tragically overlooked and under-appreciated.

With interviews by Simpsons creator Matt Groening, Paul Rubens (Pee-Wee’s Playhouse), colleagues, peers, family and friends, Beauty Is Embarrassing is an enchanting and hilariously engaging portrait – filled with enough F-bombs to flatten a small town – of a family-man, dedicated to his craft, that weathered the storm in an effort to reach his goals and, most importantly, did it his way in doing so.


The film will screen at Gallery at Munro House, alongside the inaugural ‘MACP’ exhibition of Leeds College of Art MA Creative Practice postgraduate students. Within the exhibition, four artists present work of exceptional quality, imagination and technical skill, exploring the intersection between researched contextualisation, personal practice and current events. Works involve a cross section of interdisciplinary art united through creative practice.

The screening takes place Thursday 6 November at 7PM and tickets are available now from our online ticket office or from Café 164 on Duke Street in Leeds city centre. We were overwhelmed with the response to our last Cine164 film night, as well as our They Live screening back in August, and while Gallery and ourselves have tried to accommodate everyone wishing to attend the previous screenings, this event will be limited capacity with seats available on a first come, first served basis so purchasing a ticket beforehand is advised.


Sorry to get all serious there, but we wouldn’t want you to miss out, would we? The evening is shaping up to be a really enjoyable night. Especially as it’s BYOP – Bring Your Own Puppet! In celebration of Wayne’s puppet-making prowess, we’re inviting you to bring along your own puppet*. It would even be cool to see some made especially for the screening, with the  best one winning a very special prize. It’s going to be great! Or fanfuckintastic, as Wayne might say.

*Not compulsory.


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