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Based on the true story of Tennessee-born artist Margaret Keane, the film Big Eyes takes the viewer on a journey filled with the highs and lows of Keane’s creative endeavours.
Keane painted women and children mainly, recognisable by their oversized, doe-like eyes. In the 1960s, she burst onto the San Francisco art scene where her works became collectors’ items and were sold as original oil paintings, prints, postcards and posters. However, her then-husband, Walter Keane, took praise for her work and sold the unique paintings under his own name.
Big Eyes, directed by Tim Burton and starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, follows Margaret's journey from a promising artist to her heated divorce trial where she accuses Walter of stealing the credit for her work.