By: Lindi Mugwara
Steve McQueen is an Academy award winning English director. Born October 9, 1969 in London, McQueen first started to take interest in film when he enrolled briefly at New York University's Tisch School of Arts. He later dropped out as he felt he was artistically limited there because he was not able to do certain things.
He followed that up with Shame starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan about a man that struggles with sex addiction. McQueen frequently collaborates with Fassbender. Fassbender has appeared in all three of McQueen's films. Another constant collaborator of McQueen's is cinematographer Sean Bobbit who has lensed all three of his films. McQueen balances form (the look of the film) and content (the story) very well. His artistic approach is never compromised. One can call him an auteur without any doubt. McQueen proclaims to be an artist instead of a filmmaker.
Before delving into film McQueen made several artworks, many of which have been exhibited in art galleries and museums around Europe. McQueen artistic background has certainly crossed over into his films. He continues to inspire us all with his body of work. He has cited the influence of the nouvelle vague and the films of Andy Warhol. Very often he appears in his films. Mcqueen observes his surroundings very well and get elements from it for his movies. He has garnered many awards and prizes for his art works as well.
He was announced as one of the most influential people in the world in 2014 by Time Magazine. He indeed is an influential figure in the world of cinema. Mcqueen is a name of an auteur and inspiration.