Steve McQueen

A widely praised conceptual artist-turned-filmmaker who had been called "a born provocateur" and "a reluctant subversive," Steve McQueen's features were captivating in their simplicity and minimalism. A devotee of the ... Read more »
Born: 10/09/1969 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Director (3)

12 Years a Slave 2013 (Movie)

(Director)

Shame 2011 (Movie)

(Director)

Hunger 2008 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (1)

Hunger 2008 (Movie)

(Screenplay)
Producer (1)

12 Years a Slave 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)
Actor (1)

The Back Story: 12 Years A Slave 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A widely praised conceptual artist-turned-filmmaker who had been called "a born provocateur" and "a reluctant subversive," Steve McQueen's features were captivating in their simplicity and minimalism. A devotee of the nouvelle vague style of the 1960s French New Wave, McQueen started his film career off with a series of experimental shorts exhibited in an unusual fashion, including screening without sound and/or on multiple art gallery walls rather than a conventional screen. Known for his meticulous sense of detail and guarded personality, McQueen maintained that his work was apolitical, though this was disputed, given its implied criticism of how the British government treated Irish Republican Army prisoners and displayed reluctance to suitably honor military personnel killed during the Iraq war. One of the few artists to garner instant acclaim upon transitioning to feature films, McQueen's "Hunger" (2008) and "Shame" (2011) - both starring Michael Fassbender - were heralded for their quiet, refined power and McQueen was cited as one of Britain's most promising and creative directors. This early promise was met in "12 Years a Slave" (2013), a harrowing period drama that won several Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for McQueen.

EDUCATION

Goldsmith's College

1990 - 1993

Chelsea School of Art

1989 - 1990

Tisch School of the Arts New York University

1993 - 1994

Milestones

2011

Directed second feature starring Michael Fassbender, playing a sex addict, in "Shame"; also co-wrote with Abi Morgan

2011

Awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to Visual Arts

2008

Feature directorial debut with "Hunger," about a Northern Irish prison hunger strike; also co-wrote with Enda Walsh; film starred Michael Fassbender

2003

Named the Official War Artist for Iraq in association with the Imperial War Museum

2002

Awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen's Birthday Honors List for his services to the Arts

1999

Won the Turner Prize for his film installation work and exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, England

Grew up in West London

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