If you are at all interested in the world of film, then Steve McQueen is a name you should know . Having just been nominated for two Academy Awards, he has launched into the mainstream and forefront of the film making industry in a big way.   At 44 years old, McQueen has a number of shorts and three feature films under his belt, with the latter including Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a Slave.

 

Before becoming a filmmaker, Steve McQueen worked as a visual artist, and earned a Turner Prize for his work. McQueen’s background in visual arts is seen through out his work, as the photography and composition are incredible in every cinematic output.

 

A common thread that runs through all of McQueen’s films is the destruction of the human body. All three of his feature films illustrate characters being pushed to their physical limits and then some. The images are often grotesque, but they’re so precisely and expertly composed that one can’t help but find them beautiful. I don’t know why McQueen is so concerned with a rather grim subject, but as long as he’s doing work this good, I’m not complaining.

 

His latest film, 12 Years a Slave, is tapped to win an Academy Award for Best Picture, and rightly so. It’s the best film about slavery ever made and a certified masterpiece. Of his three films it is the one you should see first. Not only because of its historical significance, but because of its cinematic content. It’s a near-perfect film.

 

Currently McQueen is working on a drama for HBO and a program on BBC about black British citizens. Both of pieces of cinema are something to look forward to.

 

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