Posts tagged: steve mcqueen
I could never make American movies - they like happy endings. I made “Shame” in America, but it’s not a Hollywood movie. I’m about challenging people. Like, properly challenging them and their assumptions. Audiences make their minds up about people they see on screen, just like they do in real life. That’s what fascinates me in film. You see a character and have to think: is this person different to what I assumed he was when I first saw him? … I’m certainly not who people think I am. I always do whatever I want to do and my films are personal to me. “Hunger” was about my youth, the loss of innocence when I realized what my country was doing, what was going on. Brandon in “Shame” is my response to being lost - I’ve not been there in the sense of sexual addiction, but I’ve been lost.
Michael Fassbender and Steve McQueen pose during the ‘Shame’ portrait session at Vue West End on October 14, 2011 in London, England.
Everything sort of occurs in your head, and then you have eyes, and then you shift the camera to frame…All I think about while shooting is how to make the best thing possible, right then and there.- Steve McQueen
Well, the film [Shame] is quite shocking, isn't it?
Not particularly. We all have sex, we all see what Michael and Carey [Mulligan] have, as far as being naked. Maybe because it's onscreen it's shocking, but that's maybe because it hasn't been portrayed on screen. What's unfamiliar, at least to me, is someone with a gun shooting someone in the head. I think we made a film that was responsible. I don't care -- NC-17? Brilliant! Fantastic! Bring it on! I take full responsibility for it. I think most violent films are not responsible, they are completely opposite of responsible. Film should reflect real life. Otherwise, what's the point? Just make superhero movies all the time.
So what bothers you on the screen?
A crappy movie.
You have no idea how bad I want to see this, Drive and Take Shelter. Like more than you can possibly imagine.
This is the scene that sold Hunger as a fantastic film to me. This scene, the dialogue in this scene, the camera setting. Incredible.
The artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen is incapable of playing it safe. His recent film, ‘‘Hunger,’’ an unforgiving depiction of the hunger strike staged by the imprisoned Bobby Sands of the Irish Republican Army, won the Caméra d’Or for best first feature at Cannes last year. Despite — or because of — his penchant for provocation, he will represent Britain in June at the 2009 Venice Biennale. ‘‘I feel lucky to be asked,’’ he says.
McQueen is particularly audacious when it comes to his personal style; here he’s wearing a spring kilt from his friend Yohji Yamamoto. The two have an artistic collaboration in the works, and McQueen says he appreciates his pal’s ability to deconstruct men’s-wear clichés. As for the skirt, he doesn’t bat an eyelash. ‘‘It’s just clothing, isn’t it?’’ - Source NYTimes
FINALLY A TRAILER