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Steve McQueen


“My influences come from real life. I’m not interested in cinema for cinema’s sake. I’m interested in life—what one does and how one interacts.”



Born in London, McQueen grew up in West London and went to Drayton Manor High School. He was a keen footballer, turning out for the St. Georges Colts football team. He did an art A level at Hammersmith and West London College, then studied art and design at Chelsea College of Art and Design and then fine art at Goldsmiths College where he first became interested in film. He left Goldsmiths in 1993 and then studied briefly at the Tisch School in New York City. He found the approach there not experimental enough for him, however, complaining that “they wouldn’t let you throw the camera up in the air”.

McQueen’s films, which are typically projected onto one or more walls of an enclosed space in an art gallery, are often in black and white and minimalist. He has cited the influence of the nouvelle vague and the films of Andy Warhol. He often appears in the films himself.

His first major work was Bear (1993), in which two naked men (one of them McQueen) exchange a… read more


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Unbelieavable talent and finally a contemporary British director with mercurial talent.

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Harry Rossi


I love all his movies but 12 Years a Slave is by far his most essential and well directed work. So far it is the best meshing of his visual style and the content of the film.

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I wonder what he means "cinema for cinema's sake".

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    That he isn't into the medium for the sake of it's on merit. He has a vision and film happens to be the way he displays it.

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Midnight Cowboy


An artist. For real.

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