United Kingdom 2018, 111 min, English, Hebrew subtitles
He wanted goose-bumps, blood and fire and billows of smoke, and ambulances. British bad-boy Lee Alexander McQueen designed jackets lined with human hair, and his runway shows featured robots, crime scene reconstructions and dresses inspired by roadkill. His real life was just as inspiring, theatrical and painful.
McQueen came from humble beginnings. He bought the fabrics for his first fashion show with unemployment money and gave interviews with his back to the camera to avoid getting caught. Carried to the top by his passion, determination and genius, he became chief designer for Givenchy and continued working on his own label—wild, outrageous and always unexpected. His tragically short life story features excerpts from his diaries, memories recounted by his loved ones and an impressive soundtrack by Michael Nyman.
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Production: Ian Bonhôte, Andee Ryder, Nick Taussig, Paul Van Carter
Script: Peter Ettedgui
Editing: Cinzia Baldessari
Cinematography: Will Pugh
Music: Michael Nyman
Ian Bonhôte is an award winning director and producer. In 2004, he co-founded the production company Pulse Films with Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford. Pulse Films co-produced the The Witch and American Honey (2016 Jury Prize Cannes Winner). In 2016, Bonhôte directed and executive produced his first feature film ALLEYCATS. McQueen is Bonhôte’s second feature film.
Working in both fiction and non-fiction, Peter Ettedgui is an award-winning filmmaker. He produced Kinky Boots, starring Joel Edgerton and Chiwetel Ejiofor which went on to become a hit Broadway and West End musical. For Listen to Me, Marlon, Ettedgui received a Peabody Award and the International Documentary Award for best writing in a documentary film.