A New Documentary

Amos Lassen

The trailer and poster for the documentary “McKellen: Playing The Part” have been released for the film that takes a close look at the life of the Ian McKellen. The film will premiere in the UK (and Scandinavia) on Sunday 27 May at 3pm at cinemas across the country, with the screening followed by a live Q&A with Ian McKellen, hosted by Graham Norton at London’s BFI Southbank. The film was built around a 14-hour interview. We learn about McKellen’s story from his upbringing living through the war, working through repertory and West End theatre, becoming a pioneering stage star, coming out and being a leader in the campaign for equality, to his mainstream film breakouts as Magneto and Gandalf. His work and influence transcends generations and are celebrated here in this fully authorized insight.

“McKellen: Playing the Part” features unprecedented access to private photo albums, a wealth of never-before-seen archive material, including diaries written when he was 12, and unseen behind the scenes of theatre shows and films, alongside his personal thoughts on a life long lived. The film also features dramatic recreations starring Luke Evans, Frances Barber, Adam Brown, Scott Chambers, Milo Parker and Edward Petherbridge.

More info about the cinemas that will be screening the event can be found at mckellenfilm.com.

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