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McKellen: Playing the Part (2017)




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Built upon a 14 hour interview, MCKELLEN: PLAYING THE PART is a unique journey through the key landmarks of McKellen's life, from early childhood into a demanding career that placed him in the public eye for the best part of his lifetime. Using an abundance of photography from McKellen's private albums and cinematically reconstructed scenes, a raw talent shines through in the intensity, variety and devotion to that moment in the light.


Critic Reviews for McKellen: Playing the Part

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Eben Bolter's almost expressionist lighting gives the red-chair interviews a theatrical warmth. The editing, like the acting, is impressively off-handed in the recreated scenes, which flip by like quickly turned pages in a book of memories.

November 13, 2017 | Full Review…

The doc also recalls a simpler age when people became famous because of their accomplishments, rather than striving for fame as a goal in itself.

June 6, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It's a powerful and vast anthology straight from the horse's mouth.

May 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Who wouldn't want to spend 90 minutes in the company of Sir Ian McKellen?

May 31, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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.

May 30, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

McKellen is a born storyteller - able to provide colour and context with a quirky detail, raised eyebrow, or roll of the tongue. He is also unpretentious, which is what makes this such a warm and endearing encounter.

May 28, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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