Alexander McQueen was a force of nature, rising quickly from humble beginnings to become chief designer at Givenchy before launching his own wildly successful fashion label. His legendary fashion shows combined outlandish conceptual couture with baroque performance art; attention-grabbing sensationalism shot through with deeply personal conviction. But the dark recesses from which he drew inspiration always threatened to overwhelm his tortured talent.
With incredible access to home videos, interviews and footage of his behind-the-scenes processes, Ian Bonhôte, Peter Ettedgui's documentary lays bare this uniquely gifted artist. It's a fascinating portrait of sparkling, unadorned genius. And, with its emphasis on his outrageously theatrical shows, one that restates McQueen's strength not just as a fashion designer, but as an innovative visual artist.
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The taped crusader: VHS nerds, media scholars and archive enthusiasts will appreciate this documentary about the African-American activist who recorded 30 years of TV news.
Crime 2019 152 mins Director: Marco Bellocchio
Italian maestro Marco Bellocchio’s bravura gangster odyssey dramatises the extraordinary real life story of the first major Mafia boss to turn state’s informant.
Documentary 2019 93 mins Director: Alla Kovgan
This eye-popping portrait of great American choreographer Merce Cunningham celebrates the centenary of his birth.
Documentary 2019 101 mins Director: Lauren Greenfield
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Drama 2019 119 mins Director: Agnieszka Holland
James Norton stars as Welsh journalist Gareth Jones whose 1930s visit to Soviet Ukraine uncovered the truth of Stalin’s state-sponsored famine and reputedly inspired George Orwell’s Animal Farm.
Biopic 2018 92 mins Director: Adrian Noble
Timothy Spall brings to life beloved British artist L. S. Lowry, as he struggles with his relationship to his bed-ridden, bitter and overbearing mother (Vanessa Redgrave).
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Drama 2017 105 mins Director: Francis Lee
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Comedy 2017 91 mins Director: Trudie Styler
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Drama 2018 119 mins Director: Marcel Gisler
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Romance 2017 107 mins Director: Mikko Makela
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Biopic 2018 105 mins Director: Rupert Everett
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Comedy 2018 113 mins Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Sweetly swaying houseboat comedy about a couple whose river-bound existence is upended by the arrival of an old friend.
Documentary 2020 93 mins Director: Weixi Chen
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Documentary 2020 106 mins Director: Sam Pollard
Sam Pollard's resonant exploration of the US government's surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Thriller 2018 111 mins Director: Lenny Abrahamson
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Drama 2017 122 mins Director: Amma Asante
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Drama 2019 113 mins Director: Levan Akin
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