One of my all time favourite filmmakers is Steve McQueen (Hunger, Shame, 12 Years a slave). This is an interview he did after the World Premiere of Salute where the film gets a mention. This was incredible for me as such a huge fan. Take a look below. ps – if you haven’t seen any of Steve’s films then you’re missing out. Go check them out. POWERFUL!!
Q&A – STEVE MCQUEEN, ARTIST AND FILM-MAKER
By Rosanna Greenstreet – The Guardian – 22 November 2008.
Full article here: https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2008/nov/22/steve-mcqueen-interview
Steve McQueen was born in London in 1969. He studied at Chelsea College of Art, Goldsmiths and the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. In 1999, he won the Turner prize with Deadpan, a short black-and-white film, and in 2003 went to Iraq as an official war artist. His ongoing work, Queen And Country, commemorates the British service personnel killed during the conflict. Hunger, the film he wrote and directed about IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands, is out now.
What is your earliest memory?
Lending my roller skates to the next-door neighbour.
What is your greatest fear?
I was going to be introduced to PJ Harvey after a concert. Chris Martin was standing in the doorway as I tripped up and landed on my face.
Aside from a property, what’s the most expensive thing you’ve bought?
A dress for my partner. I love women’s clothes.
What is your most treasured possession?
I learned not to treasure possessions.
What would your super power be?
What makes you depressed?
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I could lose a few pounds.
If you could bring something extinct back to life, what would you choose?
The Caribs, the native people of the West Indies.
Who would play you in the film of your life?
What is your most unappealing habit?
I’m always cleaning up, even during a party. ‘Have you finished that?’
What does love feel like?
What was the best kiss of your life?
What is your favourite book?
Song Of Solomon by Toni Morrison and Charlie And Lola by Lauren Child.
What would be your fancy dress costume of choice?
A dress by John Galliano, tailored to fit.
What is the worst thing anyone’s said to you?
Cat or dog?
Preferably neither, though I live with two cats, Foxy and Lora.
What is your guiltiest pleasure?
What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My partner Bianca and daughter Alex.
What is the worst job you’ve done?
The paper round on a Sunday.
To whom would you most like to say sorry, and why?
To my dad, for not being there when he died.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
‘Moving along swiftly.’
What has been your biggest disappointment?
Not being able to sing.
If you could go back in time, where would you go?
The birth of my child.
When did you last cry, and why?
At the film festival in Sydney I saw a documentary about an Australian athlete, Peter Norman, who was on the podium with Tommie Smith and John Carlos when they gave the Black Power salute. He wore a badge supporting their cause. For that he was ostracised in Australia. Norman wasn’t even invited to the games in Sydney in 2000. He died in 2006. Smith and Carlos were pallbearers at his funeral.
How do you relax?
Zapping channels on TV, lying in bed surrounded by books.
How often do you have sex?
As much as I can.
What is the closest you’ve come to death?
Cycling in London.
What single thing would improve the quality of your life?
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Having a family.
What keeps you awake at night?
Nothing. I need my sleep.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
Blue In Green by Miles Davis.
How would you like to be remembered?
That I tried.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
Don’t listen to anyone but yourself.
Where would you most like to be right now?
Exactly where I am, sitting at a table in Amsterdam with my family, answering these questions.