Alexander McQueen once described himself as an ‘unremarkable’ working-class boy from East London - but after harnessing his demons, he went on to become a global one-man fashion brand and one of the most iconic artists of the century.
He was a punk rebel, celebrated for overturning the silver-spoon world of Paris haute couture and ushering in the heady, revolutionary era of ‘Cool Britannia,’ as well as provoking and subverting the fashion industry in ways that often caused controversy and scandal.
He was an icon who at the height of power decided to take his own life - so it’s hardly surprising that Lionsgate UK is creating a film to honour the man behind the brand, almost ten years after his death.
Here’s everything we know about the film so far…
Lionsgate UK announced today that McQueen will receive its World Premiere on Thursday 7th June at a very special event hosted in London’s Picturehouse Central which will include a live Q&A event with family members Janet and Gary McQueen, close friend and first assistant designer Sebastian Pons and Detmar Blow, friend and husband of Lee’s mentor and muse, the late Isabella Blow. Don’t worry if you don’t have a ticket though, the event will be streamed across cinemas worldwide and the film will be on general release from Friday 8th June 2018.
Who is playing Alexander McQueen in McQueen?
There’s no news yet as to who will be stepping into McQueen’s signature shoes for the role, but it has been announced that it will be produced and directed by Ian Bonhôte, with its writer Peter Ettedgui also coming onboard as a co-director. With Michael Nyman in control of the music, we doubt whether the cast and crew can get much better.
What will McQueen be about?
'Mirroring the savage beauty, maverick originality and vivacity of his design, McQueen is an intimate revelation of Alexander [Lee] McQueen’s own personal and professional world, both tortured and inspired. It is a film which celebrates a radical and mesmerizing genius of profound influence and shows his rags-to-riches story as a modern-day fairy tale laced with the gothic.
‘Portraying his life from his debut collection through to the tragedy of his premature death, McQueen is a film that evokes Lee McQueen’s unique vision, originality and maverick sense of humour. The transformative impact of his personality and his work is captured in never-before-seen home movies, audio tapes and “behind-the-scenes” footage shot throughout his career. This material is stitched together with deeply personal interviews from close family, friends and collaborators and cinematic original material that takes us on a journey into McQueen’s mind. His fears, dreams, obsessions, desires and nightmares are on screen for the audience to re-live along with the most memorable and iconic moments in his shows - like nothing the fashion world has ever seen before, or since. The film allows us to search deeply into what made the man a unique artist of his times, as well as helping us to understand the mystery of why, at the height of his acclaim and power, he shockingly made the decision to end to it all.’
We cannot wait to see this.