Andrew Haigh and Jack O’Connell Tapped for Alexander McQueen Biopic

This Alexander McQueen biopic is shaping up to be our next must-see, even moreso now that Weekend director Andrew Haigh has been tapped to direct and English leading man Jack O’Connell tapped to star.

Haigh’s also known for his movie 45 Years, and for directing the Looking TV movie.

Jack O’Connell, the English actor known for Unbroken and Skins, will play McQueen in the movie, beginning principal photography this spring.

Alexander McQueen began working in fashion houses at the tender age of 16, and quickly developed a close friendship with Fashion Editor Isabella Blow. He began to design for A-list artists like David Bowie, was named Designer of the Year by the CFDA, and was appointed head designer of Givenchy in 1996 and Creative Director of Gucci in 2000. In 2010, McQueen was found hanged in his apartment, having committed suicide nine days after his mother’s death.

The film will primarily focus on McQueen’s 2009 runway show and the preparation leading up to it. A statement from the film’s distributor explained the movie “Explores McQueen’s creative process in the months leading up to the show, providing an intimate portrait of the man behind the global brand—a moving celebration of a visionary genius whose designs transcended fashion to become art.”

Queer Lisboa Film Festival Out to Rid the World of the Gay Film Cliché

Are you as tired of hackneyed, stereotype-laden portrayals of gay people on television and in movies as we are? Of course you are, dear reader, because you are an informed consumer who deserves better and knows we all deserve better. Thankfully, the Queer Lisboa Film Festival, now in its sixteenth year, not only thinks and knows we deserve better, but also showcases the films and filmmakers that are doing better and pokes fun at the most tired and ridiculous tropes in this year’s awesome promo video.

In the exploitation-film-evoking fake trailer for Death of the Gay Cliché!, a love triangle unfolds between Fred, the “sauna towel, oiled-up gay man” and Bob, the “leather suit-wearing gay biker,” along with butch East German athletes, sensitive makeup artists and bare-chested cowboys. It’s goofy and fun and will hopefully get people to talk about how we get from portrayals like The New Normal to portrayals that are, well, normal. Oh, and there’s an explosion.  

This year’s program begins September 21 and includes a lot of acclaimed and exciting films, including documentaries on Audre Lorde and Marina Abramovic and narrative films that defy the clichés, including Andrew Haigh’s beautiful Weekend opening the festival and Ira Sachs’s Keep The Lights On, which we really, really liked. Watch the promo—and last year’s, which features a rather funny Reservoir Dogs spoof—below.