Sun, 19 May, 5:00pm $5
The youngest of six children, Lee Alexander McQueen was expected to become a plumber, a bricklayer or possibly a cab driver like his father. Instead, McQueen’s fierce romanticism and punk poetry helped create 1990s-era ‘Cool Britannia’. For perhaps the first time since the Swinging Sixties, a lad from the East End of London could — and did — become one of the most original and influential artists of the 20th Century.
The film is a rags to riches portrait of a complex artistic genius. Through exclusive interviews with McQueen’s closest friends and family and never-before-seen archives, we discover an unmatched talent who expressed his darkest fantasies and greatest ambitions through his revolutionary designs and runway shows.
This is a well put together film – it helps that the subject is polarizing. McQueen produced fashion performances and the stories he created were based on struggles in his (mental) life. Not just pretty clothes walking down a runway. A truly unique persona. Such a shame how it ended. The world was robbed of glorious creations. Well done film. Great final sequences as well.
USA 2018, 111 min, rated M (offensive language, nudity, rape sequences & suicide)
Directed by Ian Bonhôte & Peter Ettedgui