Sequoia 2 Sat, May 5, 2018 1:00 PM
Film Info
Section:Art of Impact
Running Time:111 min.
Director:Ian Bonhôte
Peter Ettedgui
Screenwriter:Peter Ettedgui
Print Source:Bleecker Street Media
Note Writer:Lorraine Hess


Fashion icon Alexander McQueen, known as “Lee” to his family and close friends, was brought up in London’s East End by a taxi driver and a teacher. This superb film traces his meteoric rise to stardom from his first forays into tailoring to worldwide fame as a fashion icon. With a reputation for controversy and shock tactics, McQueen’s runway shows earned him the nickname “the hooligan of English fashion,” and yet what unfolds through this film’s exceptional editing, music score, and structure is the story a troubled genius. Through touching interviews with McQueen, his family and friends, and dazzling footage of fashion show extravaganzas that left people angry, disturbed, and amazed, the documentary expertly weaves the tale of a complex and tortured man. Described as raucous, funny, driven, and “bolshie,” McQueen created a universe of designs that reflected not only the beauty he saw in the world, but his own dark side.

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An award-winning director and producer, Ian Bonhôte has credits that span commercials, music video, and fashion films. In 2004, he co-founded the production company Pulse Films ( with fellow producers Thomas Benski and Marisa Clifford. Pulse Films co-produced The Witch as well as American Honey (2016 Cannes Jury Prize-winner). Bonhôte sold the company to the Vice Media Group in 2016. The same year, he also completed his first feature film as a director and executive producer, Alleycats, which is distributed worldwide by Universal Studios, and founded Misfits Entertainment (Misfits) Ltd. McQueen is Bonhôte’s second feature film.