Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Chuck Workman, this illuminating documentary, which debuts on Sky Arts (Sky 121/223; Virgin 122/206) today at 9pm explores the life and career of Orson Welles, from his sudden fall from grace in Hollywood to his artistic rebirth in Europe. Featuring personal anecdotes and insights from the likes of Simon Callow, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Richard Linklater and illustrated with fantastic archival material and film extracts, this is carefully-crafted insight into the pioneering, uncompromising artist who, although misunderstood in his own time, is now a hero to independent cinema.

Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles is also available on DVD from BFI. The special features include the film trailer; the featurettes, A Conversation with Director Chuck Workman (2014, 9mins) and A Personal Appreciation of Orson Welles by Simon Callow (2015, 31mins) and illustrated booklet.