• Director

    Nathaniel Walters

  • Country, Year, Length

    United Kingdom, 2020, 01:19:06

  • Category

    Documentary Feature

  • Format


  • Festival Year



Step inside the troubled life and influential work of one of our generation’s most controversial and prolific artists, Franko B. The unprecedented use of his own blood in live performance is just one of many radical and groundbreaking tropes that define Franko’s work – work founded on pushing the physical and emotional limits of himself, his audience, the art world, and culture-at-large.

A feature documentary, Love + Blood telegraphs Franko’s 30-year career from its unlikely origins inside the punk/queer squats of Brixton in the late 1970s to the world’s most significant museums like the Tate Modern in the 21st century. Simultaneously, we travel with Franko to Italy as he attempts to reconnect with the family that abandoned him as a child, confronting the people and issues that inspired an extraordinary life.


Nathaniel Walters – Director
Marc Smolowitz – Producer
Franko B – Key Cast

Director Biography

Originally from California, Nathaniel lived in Asia for 6 years before settling in London. His career has been exceptionally varied, working across almost all genres and mediums of film, including experimental, feature, documentary, TV, installation, interactive, adult, and most embarrassingly, corporate. Highlights include working on the top-rated reality show Survivor, an animation endorsed by Radiohead, a recent award for a TV documentary on disability and employment. Previous documentaries include a history of the USA’s first transgender health clinic and a travelogue of riding freight trains.