STEVE MCQUEEN (Director, co-screenwriter & producer) is a British artist and
Academy Award-winning filmmaker, and the recipient of an OBE (2002) and a CBE
(2011) from Queen Elizabeth II.
In 2013, McQueen's 12 YEARS A SLAVE, adapted from Solomon Northup's 1853 memoir
of the same name, dominated awards season, winning the Academy Award, Golden
Globe, BAFTA, PGA (joint winner), Independent Spirit, African-American Film
Critics Association (AAFCA) and the Black Film Critics Circle Awards for Best
Picture. McQueen won the Independent Spirit, African-American Film Critics
Association and Black Film Critics Circle Awards for Best Director and received
Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA and DGA nominations for directing. His second
feature, SHAME (2011), starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, received
numerous awards and nominations as well as Golden Globe and BAFTA nominations
for Fassbender and the Venice Film Festival's Volpi Award for Best Actor. SHAME
ranks as one of the highest grossing NC-17-rated movies in US box office
history. In 2008, McQueen's critically-acclaimed first feature, HUNGER, won the
Camera d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. McQueen received BAFTA's Carl Foreman
Award for Most Promising Newcomer in addition to numerous other international
awards and nominations. HUNGER is one of the most awarded debut movies with 45
wins and 33 nominations.
McQueen is the recipient of many other accolades and awards for his work both as
a filmmaker and visual artist. In 2016, the Johannes Vermeer Award, the Dutch
annual state prize for the arts, was presented to McQueen at The Hague. The jury
unanimously nominated McQueen for his profound and enduring examination of the
human condition in his film and video works, which often depict people
struggling to preserve their dignity in circumstances of repression. In that
same year, the British Film Institute awarded McQueen with a BFI Fellowship. In
2003, the Imperial War Museum appointed McQueen as the 'Official War Artist' for
the Iraq war for which he produced the poignant, controversial and ongoing
project 'Queen and Country.'
In his long career as a visual artist, McQueen won the Turner Prize in 1999 and
also exhibited at the ICA and Kunsthalle in Zurich; in 1998, he won a DAAD
artist's scholarship to Berlin and in 1996, he received an ICA Futures Award.
McQueen's work has exhibited in leading museums such as the Musee d'Art Moderne
de la Ville de Paris, Tate Modern, The Museum of Modern Art and Documenta X and
XI. He also represented Britain in the 2009 Biennale. His work continues to be
exhibited in major museums around the world and is held in their collections. A
retrospective was recently exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago and at the
Schaulager in Basel.
McQueen resides in Amsterdam and London.
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