Alan Yentob doesn’t really address these issues adequately and, in fairness, the concept is slippery given the wildly variable work under discussion – which ranges from the beautiful to the desperate. There is a revealing moment, however. ‘It’s not for profit or fame,’ he muses. ‘So where does this urge to create come from?’ It’s almost as if Yentob is surprised that anyone should be creating art for any reason other than commercial success. Which makes him a dubious choice to helm an arts strand.
Oh well, most of us already knew this. Even if it doesn’t get near the heart of the matter, the film still works as a useful primer, albeit to an arbitrarily defined scene.