A photo-realistic portrait of Papa Louie Gino from the new film, Paperclip, by author, photographer, painter and film maker John Gino

Paperclip – about the life and career of the late Italian painter, illustrator, director, filmmaker and film-maker – has been released to cinemas worldwide.

Gino died in 1995, but the film, which was shot in 2005, focuses on his life and works through his works.

The film’s producers, John Gio and Nicola Bava, said the project was “a tribute to his legacy”.

“We were honoured to have him in the room for this film, and he was the main character, but also the creator of the whole thing,” said Gio.

“He was a very creative person, and we are very proud to be able to bring him back to life in this way.”

Paperclip will be shown in cinemas in the UK on Wednesday, November 14, with the US release to follow on November 17.

In addition to his work, Gino was a director of films such as The Last Picture Show, The Italian Job, A Little Love, The Girl Who Would Be Queen and The Man Who Fell to Earth.

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Gio worked with iconic Italian artists such as Giacomo Puccini, Renato De Luca, Mario Travaglia, Federico Fellini and Marcel Duchamp.

He also co-wrote several novels, including The Man in the Yellow Suit and The Boy Who Went to the Zoo.