Fake or Fortune?

Series Five, Episode Four, Portraits (air date: 9 September 2016)

Every year, the Fake or Fortune team receive hundreds of requests for help from the owners of mysterious portraits. Everyone wants to know two things – who is it, and who painted it?

The team choose three of the most promising portraits to investigate further – a child, believed to be by prized modern artist Willem de Kooning, a young lady, attributed to 18th-century society painter Philip Mercier, and a formidable-looking man, said to be by 19th-century German master Adolph von Menzel.

The de Kooning case begins with meeting Belgian owners Jan and Chris Starckx. Could a speculative online purchase for 450 euros be a lost work painting y de Kooning in Brussels at the very start of his career? The quest to prove it leads to Miami, Florida, where scientific analysis of a similar work has the potential to yield vital evidence.

Colette Loll was a consultant to the episode and also featured.

Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b07r1yhf

Elmyr on the Edge (in production)

Dispo Films, SCP
Barcelona, Spain

The remains of Elmyr de Hory (d. 1976), the most notorious art forger of the twentieth century, rest in the municipal cemetery of Ibiza. His enigma is not resolved with his death, however, for on his tombstone there are two lies: his name and his date of birth. 35 years later, Elmyr on the Edge follows his heir and apprentice, Mark Forgy, on a journey to find truth in a life shrouded in lies and mystery, aided by several characters who knew de Hory in the last years of his life. In parallel, two investigators disclose the mysteries of his life as a forger, hidden in his tombstone.

Teaser Trailer: https://vimeo.com/106048739

Art and Craft (2014)

Mark Landis has been called one of the most prolific art forgers in US history. His impressive body of work spans thirty years, covering a wide range of painting styles and periods that includes 15th Century Icons, Picasso, and even Walk Disney. Posting as a philanthropic donor, a grieving executor of a family member’s will, and most recently a Jesuit priest, Landis has given away hundreds of works over the years to a staggering list of institutions across the United States.

Website: www.artandcraftfilm.com

Official Trailer: http://artandcraftfilm.com/trailer/