Steve McQueen Biography
Steve McQueen is a British film director, screenwriter, and actor famous for his 2013 film, 12 Years a Slave. This is a historical drama adaptation of an 1853 slave narrative memoir. It made him win an Academy Award, BAFTA Award for Best Film, and Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, as a producer. Furthermore, and he also received the award for Best Director from the New York Film Critics Circle.
Steve is the first black filmmaker to win an Academy Award for Best project. To blend his skills, McQueen frequently collaborates with actor Michael Fassbender, who has starred in three of McQueen’s feature films.
His other major films are Hunger (2008), a historical drama about the 1981 Irish hunger strike, Shame (2011), a drama about an executive struggling with sex addiction. Others are Widows (2018), a thriller about a group of women who vow to finish the heist their husbands died attempting.
From his outstanding performance, McQueen has received the Turner Prize, the highest award given to a British visual artist. In 2006. Steve produced Queen and Country, a film that commemorates the deaths of British soldiers in Iraq through a cast of their portraits as a sheet of stamps.
To recognize hi great visual arts, he was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2011.
In April 2014, he was featured in the annual TIME 100 as one of the “Most Influential People in the World.” In October 2016, Steve was granted the British Film Institute’s highest honor, the BFI Fellowship.
Steve McQueen Birthday | Age
McQueen was born on October 9, 1969, in London, United Kingdom. He is 50 years old as of October 2019. The renowned producer is of Grenadian and Trinidadian descent.
Steve McQueen Education
Steve grew up in Hanwell, West London attending Drayton Manor High School. In a 2014 interview, he said that he had a very bad experience in school in that he was placed into a class for students believed best suited “for manual labor, more plumbers and builders, stuff like that.”
Later, the new school head admitted that there had been “institutional” racism at the time. He further added that he was dyslexic and had to wear an eyepatch because of a lazy eye. This made him put to one side very quickly.
He was a keen football player, playing with for the St. George’s Colts football team.
He took A level art at Ealing, Hammersmith, and West London College then joined Chelsea College of Arts for art and design. Furthermore, he also studied fine art at Goldsmiths College, the University of London, where he first became interested in film.
He later left Goldsmiths to study briefly at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in the United States.
His influential celebrities in the career include Andy Warhol, Sergei Eisenstein, Dziga Vertov, Jean Vigo, Buster Keaton, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Robert Bresson, and Billy Wilder.
Steve McQueen Home|House
Steve has a home in both London and Amsterdam where he resides with his Dutch wife. Cultural critic Bianca Stigter, and their two children.
Steve McQueen Selected Short Films
Steve debuted with Bear (1993), presented at the Royal College of Art in London. Although not an overtly controversial piece, for many it raised questions about race, sexual attraction to men, and violence.
It portrays a wrestling match between two men who alternate ambiguous relations and gestures of aggression and erotic attraction. The film’s main actors, one of them McQueen, are both black, but issues of race, he has said, do not come first in his work.
Steve McQueen Career
His films as an artist were basically projected onto one or more walls of an enclosed space in an art gallery, often in black-and-white and minimalistic.
His first major project was Bear (1993), in which two naked men (one of them McQueen) exchange a series of glances.
The 12 Years a Slave (2013) was based on the 1853 autobiography of the same name by Solomon Northup. The film narrates the story of a free black man who is kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery, working on plantations in the state of Louisiana for twelve years before being released.
It eventually won the Academy Award for Best film in March 2014. It also had another record of being the first Best Picture winner to have a black director or producer.
Steve McQueen is the one behind Kanye West’s single “All Day” video. The film was screened at Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris on 7 March 2015. This came before the first concert of a four-night residency by the American artist, at the Frank Gehry-designed building, began.
The film originally received its American premiere at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in July 2015.
In 2018, McQueen directed Widows, a thriller film he scripted with Gone Girl writer Gillian Flynn.
Viola Davis featured in the film, a heist thriller which is based on the 1983 British TV series of the same name. Its storyline lies around four armed robbers who are killed in a failed heist attempt, only to have their widows step up to finish the job.
Steve McQueen Filmography
- 2008 Hunger
- 2011 Shame
- 2013 12 Years a Slave
- 2018 Widows
- 1993 Bear
- 1995 Five Easy Pieces
- 1996 Just Above My Head
- 1997 Exodus
- 2001 Girls, Tricky
- 2002 Illuminer
- Western Deep
- 2004 Charlotte
- 2007 Gravesend
- 2009 Giardini
Steve McQueen Awards And Nominations
Steve McQueen Net Worth
Steve has an estimated net worth of $14 million.