B Good Picture Company Ltd
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McKellen: Playing The Part

an intimate, enthralling look at the life of a legend
— Time Out
the film should join the small circle of high-level docs about the acting profession able to inspire newcomers
— The Hollywood Reporter
McKellen’s life story proves to be his greatest role of all
— Attitude Magazine

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.

McKellen: Playing the Part features 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.

The film was released to critical acclaim in the UK on May 27th by Trafalgar Releasing, with a special event hosted by Graham Norton, featuring Helen Mirren, Derek Jacobi, Martin Freeman and Orlando Bloom that was broadcast live to cinemas nationwide from London’s BFI Southbank.

The US release is June 19th.


International Sales: Independent Film Company

UK & US distribution: Trafalgar Releasing