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Ian McKellen’s life and career to be subject of a new film

Ian McKellen. Photo: magicinfoto/Shutterstock Ian McKellen. Photo: magicinfoto/Shutterstock
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Ian McKellen’s life and career is the subject of a new film that promises “unprecedented access” to archive material, including behind-the-scenes footage of his plays.

McKellen: Playing the Part is based on a 14-hour interview with the actor, and will reveal his life story, including his upbringing during the war, to working in repertory, and appearing on the West End stage.

McKellen: Playing the Part will have access to private photo albums, diaries written when he was 12, and unseen behind-the-scenes footage of theatre shows and films.

The film also features contributions from actors including Luke Evans, Frances Barber and Adam Brown.

Director Joe Stephenson said the film was created following five days “talking honestly” with McKellen about his life, career and beliefs.

“Ultimately it came to around 14.5hrs of interview footage. I’m not a documentary filmmaker, and had no ambitions to be one. But here was an opportunity to hopefully move, entertain and educate audiences using film as the medium, so I embraced it,” he said.

The film will be broadcast to cinemas on May 27.

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