“When you look back at your body of work, how would you describe it?” If I ever get the chance to ask Steve McQueen that question I wonder what his answer would be? This isn’t an episode of “Who Would You Invite To Dinner? Dead or Alive. The McQueen I speak of is very much alive, and still has some time to ponder his response. First time I heard of a Steve McQueen being alive was when I went through the closing credits of the film Hunger, which I saw last year. I had to find out who created such a gutsy, visually-stirring movie which was based on the true story of an Irish Republic Army (IRA) protester, who used a hunger strike instead of fighting to protest his cause. At the time I though it was a funny twist of fate that someone else out there had such a well-known name. A black, British, visual artist who wrote and directed the stories instead of acting them out like the famous Steve McQueen before him did.
Now let’s fast forward to present day, and another movie from this talented man that will not be released in most theaters around the nation due to it’s explicit sexual scenes, Shame. Once I found out the name of the movie and the director behind the return of a NC-17 rated film, I had to share. From everything I’ve seen, read or heard about the movie Shame, if you want to watch in awe at human beings feeding their sexual appetites in ways, most of us are either to afraid or ashamed to admit to, McQueen is the man to have you tightening those hoodies over your heads a bit tighter, avoiding the beads of guilty sweat being released for all to see.
The Trailer for Hunger (2008)
The Trailer for Shame (2011)