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Spotlight Documentary

World Premiere

UK | 111 MINUTES | English |


Documentary, First Time Filmmaker
Beginning with his modest upbringing in London, Lee Alexander McQueen quickly ascended the ranks of the international fashion world. After graduating from Central Saint Martins and establishing his eponymous label, McQueen became head designer of Givenchy at age 27 and went on to win the Fashion Awards’ (then the British Fashion Awards) prize for British Designer of the Year four times. His theatrical runway shows and daring designs existed on the cutting edge of ’90s fashion, his controversial and confrontational work earning him equal attention from fans and detractors alike. At the same time, he also forged a friendship with the influential stylist Isabella Blow, cultivating an intimate relationship that would last until her death in 2007. As McQueen’s star rose, so did the pressure, and accompanying anxiety, to constantly strive for ever greater heights of genius.

Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui’s stunning documentary tells McQueen’s story through the testimonials from his closest friends and family. Featuring personal archives extending back to the earliest days of his career, as well as dynamic footage of his most boundary-pushing shows and creations, McQueen offers a vivid portrait of the tortured but inspired auteur’s work and persona.

—Cara Cusumano


Directed by Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui

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.
Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui
Ian Bonhôte, Andee Ryder, Nick Taussig, Paul Van Carter
Peter Ettedgui
Will Pugh
Michael Nyman
Cinzia Baldessari
Executive Producer
Tim Haslam, Hugo Grumbar, John Jencks, Jay Taylor, Patrick Fischer, Peter Ettedgui, David Gilbery, Kinvara Balfour, Isabella Marchese Ragona, Ian Berg, Richard Kondal
Sofia Ismail Martin, Pete Smyth
US Distributor
Bleecker Street
Lee Alexander McQueen


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