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Andrew Haigh set to make Alexander McQueen biopic

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- Jack O’Connell is to star as the iconic designer

Andrew Haigh set to make Alexander McQueen biopic
Actor Jack O’Connell

British filmmaker Andrew Haigh will commence principal photography in spring 2017 on an as-yet untitled biopic on iconic fashion designer Alexander McQueen for Pathé. Jack O’Connell, who won the 2015 BAFTA Rising Star Award and whose credits include Starred Up [+see also:
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, ’71 [+see also:
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and Unbroken, will star.

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Pathé describes the film thus: “In 2009, Alexander McQueen put on one of his greatest shows – a stunningly beautifully re-working of his greatest designs from the past 15 years. It was a show that he dedicated to his mother and one in which he tried to make sense of his life and art. The film explores McQueen’s creative process in the months leading up to the show, providing an intimate portrait of the man behind the global brand – a moving celebration of a visionary genius whose designs transcended fashion to become art.”

British producer Damian Jones, whose credits include The Iron Lady [+see also:
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, Belle [+see also:
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, The History Boys [+see also:
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and The Lady in the Van [+see also:
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, will produce via his DJ Films outfit. Pathé is distributing in the UK, France and Switzerland, and is also handling global sales.

After directing several shorts, Haigh made his feature debut with Greek Pete (2009), which won the Special Jury Award at Atlanta and the Award for Artistic Achievement at the LA Outfest. His next film, Weekend [+see also:
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(2011), won the Youth Jury Award at Ghent, Breakthrough British Filmmaker at the London Critics Circle Film Awards, two BIFAs, a Special Mention at Dinard and a host of other accolades.

Haigh’s 45 Years [+see also:
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(2015) took the world by storm. Amongst its 19 wins and 48 nominations are Best Actor and Best Actress for Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling at Berlin, the Coup de Coeur at Dinard and the Michael Powell Award for Best British Feature Film at Edinburgh. His Lean on Pete is currently in post (read the news).

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