McKellen: Playing the Part

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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.

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Critic Reviews for McKellen: Playing the Part

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (3)

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

    May 25, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • The thrilling clips here of his big Shakespearean roles are worth the price of a ticket alone.

    May 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Cath Clarke

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  • 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.

    Nov 13, 2017 | Full Review…
  • An essential watch for both fans of McKellen and those interested in an experienced actor's perspective as a whole.

    Feb 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • It's a must-see for any fan, and, be honest, is there anyone who's not an Ian McKellen fan?

    Oct 3, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • McKellen's rich turn of phrase and self-deprecating expertise with building the perfect anecdote makes him tremendous company throughout here.

    Sep 26, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

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