A feature length documentary on the life and work of Sir Ian McKellen.
Built around a 14 hour interview, Playing the Part uncovers McKellen’s story. From his upbringing living through the war, working through repertory and West End theatre becoming a pioneering stage star, coming out and being a leader in the campaign for equality, to his mainstream film breakouts as Magneto and Gandalf.
His work and influence transcends generations, celebrated here in this fully authorised insight.
Featuring unprecedented access to private photo albums, a wealth of never-before-seen archive material, including diaries written when he was 12, and unseen behind the scenes of theatre shows and films, alongside his personal thoughts on a life long lived this is a fascinating insight into a legendary British icon.
The film also features dramatic recreations starring Luke Evans, Frances Barber, Adam Brown, Scott Chambers, Milo Parker and Edward Petherbridge.
Run time: 96mins
Read the 4 star review from Time Out:
Read the 4 star review from Empire:
Please note this is a screening of the documentary film only and not the additional live event that was broadcast on Sunday 27 May 2018.
“An intimate, enthralling look at the life of a legend”
“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.”
“Never less than beguiling”