Three films directed by Steve McQueen, above, will be screened at the Walker this fall, followed by a dialogue with McQueen on Nov. 9. Photo by Thierry Bal courtesy Thomas Dane Gallery, London.
Steve McQueen, whose limited but impressive body of work thus far shows him to be a master at making his audiences simultaneously fascinated and uncomfortable, will be Walker Art Center's retrospective and dialogue subject this fall. The first of three films shown will be "12 Years a Slave," his highest-profile release to date, getting its regional premiere Oct. 30.
The British director behind the sexual-addiction drama "Shame" (2011) and "Hunger" (2009), the true story of an inmates' hunger strike in a North Ireland prison, McQueen received a fine-arts education in London and New York. He has received three top honors in his native Britain for his artistic conitrbutions, including the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in 2011.
"Shame" screens at the Walker on Nov. 6, "Hunger" on Nov. 8. Tickets go on sale Sept. 17.
"12 Years a Slave" reunites McQueen with actor Michael Fassbender, who starred in both previous features and plays a cruel slaveowner. Also starring in the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from the North who is kidnapped and sold as a slave are Chiwetel Ejiofor as Northup, Brad Pitt asan abolitionist and Quvenzhane Wallis of "Beasts of the Southern Wild" fame.