A feature length documentary about Lewisham-born fashion designer Alexander McQueen was showcased at Berlin’s film festival this month.
Embankment Films has told the story of “the working-class boy who rose from Savile Row tailor’s apprentice to become the most celebrated and controversial fashion designer”, before his suicide shocked the world in 2010.
Simply entitled McQueen, the film is produced by screenwriter Peter Ettedgui and Ian Bonhote, director of international advertising campaigns for Puma, Nike, Gatorade and Pepsi.
Bonhote recalled that “I moved to London from Paris in the 1990s in large part because of McQueen. His sense of style became synonymous with the city’s raw energy and edginess, and I know of no other contemporary designer to ignite such an immediate visceral response from an audience.”
Co-producer Nick Taussig said: “At the age of 41, McQueen tragically took his own life, and I guess I just want him back… for his freedom of expression and ability to grab you by the throat emotionally. Our film will be a cinematic explosion of his human energy — most importantly engaging our audience by getting honest, up close and personal with the real McQueen.”
McQueen is set to launch in cinemas at the end of this year.