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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.

  • Director: Joe Stephenson
  • Country: UK
  • Genre: Biography | Documentary
  • Year: 2018
  • Run Time: 01:31:55
  • imdb Score: 7.8/10 (15 votes)
  • Language: English
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Cast: Ian McKellen, Scott Chambers, Luke Evans, Milo Parker
"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."
Olly Richards - EMPIRE MAGAZINE

"Eben Bolter's almost expressionist lighting gives the red-chair interviews a theatrical warmth. The editing, like the acting, is impressively off-handed in the recreated scenes, which flip by like quickly turned pages in a book of memories."
Deborah Young - HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

"McKellen is a born storyteller - able to provide colour and context with a quirky detail, raised eyebrow, or roll of the tongue. He is also unpretentious, which is what makes this such a warm and endearing encounter."
Allan Hunter - THE LIST

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