Monday, March 14, 2016

The Auteurs #52: Steve McQueen




One of the more recent filmmakers in the past decade to make a name for himself, Steve McQueen is a figure that captures some of the dark aspects of humanity and the struggle from within. Though he didn’t start out in the world of film but rather in the world of art, McQueen would find ways to use the medium film as an artistic tool where he has already amassed a trio of celebrated works. Despite only making three feature films so far in his career, McQueen is already becoming a fascinating figure in the world of film and art though refusing to define himself in both worlds.

Born in London England in October 9, 1969, Steven Rodney McQueen was raised into a family of Grenadian and Trinidadian where he was born in the Hanwell section of West London. While he would endure dyslexia and lazy eye in his childhood as well as racism during his years at Drayton Manor High School, it was through the world of art as he would eventually go to Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College for a period and then furthered his studies at Chelsea College of Arts and at Goldsmith College. It was during a later tenure at the University of London where McQueen became interested in the world of film as he was invited to attend the Tisch School of the Arts in New York City. Yet, his experience at Tisch was disappointing where he returned to Britain where he would learn about filmmaking by himself as well as through the world of art.

More can be read here at Cinema Axis.

© thevoid99 2016

2 comments:

Wendell Ottley said...

Thanks for featuring McQueen. Heading over to read the rest.

thevoid99 said...

You're welcome. I was supposed to do the piece last month but the Bowie thing got in the way but I'm kind of glad considering that I was able to state the news about McQueen's new project cancelled by HBO... bastards.