Underpaint follows the filmmaker, Anna Hopkins, as she wanders through an art gallery. Noticing a young girl on a gallery visit with her dad, Anna embarks on a journey through memories and conversations she had with her own father, Tom Hopkins, a painter himself. She explores personal reflections on her father’s death, his worldviews, his art practice, and his impact on her life.

Director’s Vision for ‘Underpaint’

Because this film is an homage to my dad in many ways, I wanted to play with the aesthetics of his work as a painter. My aim was to engage with some of his art practices such as the layering of oil paint on canvas, and the underpainting process itself, in order to explore themes of layers in relation to memory, loss, and creativity.