Built around a central 14 hour interview, McKellen: Playing the Part uncovers legendary actor Ian McKellen’s life story. From his upbringing living through the war, working through repertory and West End theatre, coming out and being a leader in the campaign for equality, to mainstream film breakout roles as Magneto and Gandalf. Featuring unprecedented access to a wealth of never-before-seen archive material, including diaries written when he was 12, and unseen behind the scenes of theatre/films, alongside his personal thoughts on a life long lived – this is a suitably excellent documentary on a remarkable subject.
Joe Stephenson / UK 2018 / 1h36m / 12A – Contains infrequent strong language, moderate sex references. / Documentary.