McKellen: Playing the Part

McKellen: Playing the Part

McKellen: Playing the Part

Documentary on the life and work of Sir Ian McKellen, featuring rare footage of his early work, never-before-seen photos from McKellen's private collection and cinematically reconstructed scenes from his life starring Milo Parker, Luke Evans, Frances Barber, Scott Chambers and more.

2017Rating: M, Coarse language and sexual references91 minsUK
Documentary
Director:
Joe Stephenson ('Chicken')
76%
want to see

Reviews & comments

Time Out

Time Out

press

Director Joe Stephenson paints a beautiful portrait, but the actor’s sensitivity, storytelling and strength of character are captivating enough.

4.0
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The Times

The Times

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Yet even - perhaps especially - in morbid mood, [Ian McKellen] is never less than beguiling.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

McKellen occasionally slips into the part of twinkly super-cool gay uncle that he tends to play in interviews these days. But mostly he’s thoughtful and self-reflective.

3.0
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Stuff

Stuff

press

Essentially based around a single interview, Playing the Part allows McKellen's avuncular personality, warmth and wicked humour to shine.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

McKellen: Playing the Part is a celebration of a life particularly well-lived. McKellen emerges as a clear-eyed, impish, utterly professional and pragmatic optimist.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

As the documentary ends with him discussing his funeral plans you appreciate what a treat it is to have the Oscar-award winner telling his own story in his own words.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Structured very simply as an on-camera interview while McKellen reminisces about his life from the comfort of a red library chair, the film exudes a personal warmth springing from the fact that most of it is told in Sir Ian’s own words.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An absolute treat of an interview with a man who has told other people’s stories wonderfully for decades and tells his own just as well.

4.0
0
Time Out

Time Out

press

Director Joe Stephenson paints a beautiful portrait, but the actor’s sensitivity, storytelling and strength of character are captivating enough.

4.0
0
The Times

The Times

press

Yet even - perhaps especially - in morbid mood, [Ian McKellen] is never less than beguiling.

4.0
0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

McKellen occasionally slips into the part of twinkly super-cool gay uncle that he tends to play in interviews these days. But mostly he’s thoughtful and self-reflective.

3.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Essentially based around a single interview, Playing the Part allows McKellen's avuncular personality, warmth and wicked humour to shine.

4.0
0
Stuff

Stuff

press

McKellen: Playing the Part is a celebration of a life particularly well-lived. McKellen emerges as a clear-eyed, impish, utterly professional and pragmatic optimist.

0
New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

As the documentary ends with him discussing his funeral plans you appreciate what a treat it is to have the Oscar-award winner telling his own story in his own words.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

Structured very simply as an on-camera interview while McKellen reminisces about his life from the comfort of a red library chair, the film exudes a personal warmth springing from the fact that most of it is told in Sir Ian’s own words.

0
Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

press

An absolute treat of an interview with a man who has told other people’s stories wonderfully for decades and tells his own just as well.

4.0
0

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