“Remember me when you are at the beach, and above all when you paint crackling things and little ashes. Oh, my little ashes! Put my name in the picture so that my name will serve for something in the world.” – Federico Lorca to Salvador Dali.
Directed by Paul Morrison, Little Ashes explores the young lives and friendship of surrealist artist Salvador Dalí (Robert Pattinson), filmmaker Luis Bunuel (Matthew McNulty) and writer Federico García Lorca (Javier Beltran). Set in 1922, Spain was dominated by the army and conservative morality invaded every sphere of life: social, artistic and sexual.
As the film opens, Salvador Dali is 18 years old and beginning university in Madrid. Wearing a frilly shirt and a pointy hat with a centre parting in his long hair, he steps out of his carriage into a crowd of suited and clean-cut men. He stood out from the crowd and behaved in an eccentric manner to draw attention to himself which was reflected in his work, creating a new genre of surrealism.