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MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART (12A) – 2017 UK 92 min
Thursday 30 August 2018
Director: Joe Stephenson
Features: Ian McKellen, Scott Chambers, Luke Evans
‘Human beings,’ reflects Sir Ian McKellen, ‘are acting all day long. It’s not yourself you offer to the world, but part of yourself.’ This insight is characteristic of a film that continually focuses on the man behind the famous actor who, at the age of 78, has thought deeply but bracingly unpretentiously about his life, career and LGBT activism. A combination of interview, archive film and dramatized childhood scenes, Playing The Part is ‘an engaging portrait… I can’t think of anyone I’d rather spend 90 minutes listening to’ (The Guardian).