MCK­ELLEN: PLAY­ING THE PART (M) When keep­ing it real means putting on an act, UK, 96 min

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - FLICKS -

The vet­eran Bri­tish ac­tor Ian McK­ellen has of­ten said he be­lieves ev­ery in­ter­view he gives to be the equiv­a­lent of a full per­for­mance. There­fore film­maker Joe Stephen­son does lit­tle more than stage a long and open-ended in­ter­view with McK­ellen, who re­sponds with a warm, vi­brant and re­veal­ing ‘per­for­mance’ be­fit­ting a racon­teur of his con­sid­er­able renown. Now 78 years of age, McK­ellen’s rich turn of phrase and self-dep­re­cat­ing ex­per­tise with build­ing the per­fect anec­dote makes him tremen­dous com­pany through­out here.

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