Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen was born on October 9, 1969 in London, England as Steve Rodney McQueen. He is a director and writer, known for 12 Years a Slave (2013), Shame (2011) and Hunger (2008).

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Shame (2011)

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Brandon, a thirty-something man living in New York, eludes intimacy with women but feeds his deepest desires with a compulsive addiction to sex. When his younger sister temporarily moves into his apartment, stirring up bitter memories of their shared painful past, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve McQueen
CAST:  Carey Mulligan  •  Michael Fassbender  •  James Badge Dale  •  Hannah Ware

Deadpan (1997)

Deadpan is a four-minute installation film in which McQueen re-stages a death-defying Buster Keaton stunt. The side of a house is filmed toppling again and again from all angles onto an unflinching McQueen, who survives thanks to a carefully positioned window.  (more)

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CAST:  Steve McQueen

12 Years a Slave (2013)

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In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve McQueen
CAST:  Chiwetel Ejiofor  •  Michael Fassbender  •  Lupita Nyong'o  •  Dickie Gravois

Hunger (2008)

The story of Bobby Sands, the IRA member who led the 1981 hunger strike in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It dramatises events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands’ death.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve McQueen
CAST:  Michael Fassbender  •  Stuart Graham  •  Helena Bereen  •  Liam Cunningham

Giardini (2009)

Giardini, a visually sumptuous film of 30 minutes, is composed of two projections set side-by-side, which steadily gather a series of evocative vignettes. As the title suggests, the film is set in the famous exhibitions grounds in Venice – as T.J. Demos writes in ...  (more)

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Gravesend (2007)

Gravesend uses a documentary approach to focus on the mining of coltan, employed in the manufacture of cell phones, laptops and other high-tech apparatus. The film cuts between two sites: a technological, highly automated industrial plant in the West where the ...  (more)

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Caribs' Leap (2002)

Caribs’ Leap / Western Deep comprises two complementary films that are shown together as a three-screen, synchronised colour video projection. The films were originally commissioned for the Documenta 11 exhibition in Kassel, Germany in 2002. They were then screened ...  (more)

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Western Deep (2002)

An exploration of the sensory experience of the TauTona gold mine in South Africa, showing migrant labourers working in dark, claustrophobic environments and the ear-splitting noise of drilling. The TauTona mine in South Africa, known as 'Western Deep' is the ...  (more)

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Girls, Tricky (2001)

Director Steve McQueen films Trip-Hop artist Tricky recording 'Girls' In the tight confines of a recording booth, the musician Adrian Thomas, also known as Tricky, repeatedly performs the song 'girls' from his album Blowback (2001). The intimate and highly charged ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve McQueen
CAST:  Tricky

Widows (2018)

A police shootout leaves four thieves dead during an explosive armed robbery attempt in Chicago. Their widows have nothing in common except a debt left behind by their spouses' criminal activities. Hoping to forge a future on their own terms, they join forces to ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve McQueen
CAST:  Viola Davis  •  Michelle Rodriguez  •  Elizabeth Debicki  •  Cynthia Erivo

Bear (1993)

Bear (10 minutes, 35 seconds) was Steve McQueen's first major film. Although not an overtly political work, for many viewers it raises sensitive issues about race, homoeroticism and violence. It depicts two naked men – one of whom is the artist – tussling and ...  (more)

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CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Vernon Douglas

Five Easy Pieces (1995)

Outlines the themes and artistic strategies that have guided McQueen’s work since he emerged in the mid-1990s. Marked by spatial, temporal, and narrative disjointedness and ambiguity, the work’s movements cohere into an orchestrated meditation on film itself. Its ...  (more)

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Exodus (1997)

The film documents two men carrying palm trees through the streets of East London. McQueen tracked the men through a bustling Brick Lane market.  (more)

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Illuminer (2001)

McQueen lies in bed in a Paris hotel, watching a dubbed TV programme about American special forces being trained for combat in Afghanistan. Shot using a domestic digital camera, the artist's body is illuminated by the flickering glow of the TV screen.  (more)

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CAST:  Steve McQueen

Static (2009)

Static was filmed from a helicopter circling around the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbour. It was shot shortly after the monument was fully re-opened following the September 11th attacks. Flying alongside the statue, the camera presents us with startling ...  (more)

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7th Nov. (2001)

The title refers to the day McQueen's cousin Marcus accidentally shot his Brother. On the soundtrack, Marcus tells a story while a single backlit photographic slide shows him lying on his back, the top of his head dominating the frame. The contrast between the ...  (more)

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Cold Breath (2001)

Cold Breath depicts the artist stroking, pulling and squeezing his nipple. Through a gesture that appears tender one moment and violent the next, the film is an intimate exploration of flesh as material.  (more)

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Charlotte (2004)

A close-up fixes on the eye of British actor Charlotte Rampling. McQueen's finger moves around her eye, pulling the skin and momentarily touching her eyeball. Rampling's eye continually adjusts to the movement of the finger, just as the camera lens goes in and out ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Steve McQueen
CAST:  Charlotte Rampling

12 Years a Slave: The Score (2014)

This documentary chronicles Hans Zimmer's composition of the music that plays over the film.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Hans Zimmer

12 Years a Slave: The Team (2014)

This documentary profiles McQueen's creative partners on the film  (more)

DIRECTION:  Laurent Bouzereau
CAST:  Steve McQueen  •  Dede Gardner  •  Aaron P. Mastin  •  Rob Steinberg
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