Steve McQueen (director)

Steve McQueen

Steve McQueen holding Best Picture Oscar (cropped).JPG
McQueen in March 2014
Born
Steven Rodney McQueen

(1969-10-09) 9 October 1969 (age 49)
London, England
ResidenceLondon, England
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Alma materUniversity of the Arts London
Occupation
  • Artist
  • director
  • screenwriter
Years active1993–present
Style
Partner(s)Bianca Stigter[1]
Children2
AwardsList of awards

Steven Rodney McQueen CBE (born 9 October 1969)[2] is a British film director and screenwriter. For his 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave, a historical drama adaptation of an 1853 slave narrative memoir, he won an Academy Award,[3] BAFTA Award for Best Film, and Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, as a producer, and he also received the award for Best Director from the New York Film Critics Circle.[4] McQueen is the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.[5][6] McQueen frequently collaborates with actor Michael Fassbender, who has starred in three of McQueen's feature films. McQueen's other feature films are Hunger (2008), a historical drama about the 1981 Irish hunger strike, Shame (2011), a drama about an executive struggling with sex addiction, and Widows (2018), a thriller about a group of women who vow to finish the heist their husbands died attempting.

For his artwork, McQueen has received the Turner Prize, the highest award given to a British visual artist. In 2006 he produced Queen and Country, which commemorates the deaths of British soldiers in Iraq by presenting their portraits as a sheet of stamps. For services to the visual arts, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011.[7]

In April 2014, TIME magazine included McQueen in its annual TIME 100 as one of the "Most Influential People in the World."[8][9] In October 2016, McQueen was granted the British Film Institute's highest honour, the BFI Fellowship.[10]

Early years

McQueen was born in London and is of Grenadian[11] and Trinidadian descent.[12][13] He grew up in Hanwell, West London and went to Drayton Manor High School.[14][15] In a 2014 interview, McQueen stated that he had a very bad experience in school, where he had been placed into a class for students believed best suited "for manual labour, more plumbers and builders, stuff like that." Later, the new head of the school would admit that there had been "institutional" racism at the time. McQueen added that he was dyslexic and had to wear an eyepatch because of a lazy eye, and reflected this may be why he was "put to one side very quickly".[13]

He was a keen football player, turning out for the St. George's Colts football team. He took A level art at Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College, then studied art and design at Chelsea College of Arts and then fine art at Goldsmiths College, University of London, where he first became interested in film. He left Goldsmiths and studied briefly at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts in the United States. He found the approach there too stifling and insufficiently experimental, complaining that "they wouldn't let you throw the camera up in the air".[16] His artistic influences include Andy Warhol, Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Jean Vigo, Buster Keaton, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Robert Bresson, and Billy Wilder.[17][18]

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