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Genius Month: McQueen Screening
January 27 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm£15
Genius Month in our screening room continues on in serious style, as we put on Ian Bonhôte’s 2018 biographical documentary which takes a distinctly personal look at the extraordinary life, career and artistry of fashion designer, Alexander McQueen.
The film was beset with difficulties straight from the off, with the McQueen family declining director Ian Bonhôte, and producer Peter Ettedgui’s initial request to help them make a documentary film about the visionary designer.
After pitching the idea to several distributors, and fully financing the film within three days, the production team took the project, with “zero access and zero original archive at our fingertips”, and worked 18-20 hour days for a year to finish the project.
Their early trials and tribulations were certainly not in vain, however, as the finished product is a documentary that aptly retells the story of Alexander McQueen, whose extraordinary gifts, dark preoccupations and tragic death make for a completely engrossing, compulsively watchable film.
Through exclusive interviews with his closest friends and family, recovered archives, exquisite visuals and music, McQueen is an authentic celebration and thrilling portrait of an inspired yet tortured fashion visionary.
The documentary was eventually released in 2018 to near-universal critical acclaim, nominated for multiple awards including the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film of the Year and Best Documentary.
Tickets are £15 for one, or £20 a pair when you use the code ‘alexander’ at checkout. Complimentary cocktails and free snacks throughout included as standard.