Mcqueen wants to be a ‘re­spon­si­ble film-maker’

The Scotsman - - News Digest - By LAURA HARDING

Steve Mcqueen has spo­ken about the im­por­tance of be­ing a “re­spon­si­ble film-maker”.

The Turner Prize-win­ning artist and di­rec­tor said he would never cen­sor him­self but every de­pic­tion of vi­o­lence on screen must have a rea­son.

Mcqueen’s lat­est film Wid­ows stars Vi­ola Davis as a woman who plans to carry out a heist with a group of other women af­ter her hus­band dies dur­ing a rob­bery and leaves her in debt to a lo­cal gang­ster.

He said: “I want to be a re­spon­si­ble film-maker in a way and even this one char­ac­ter in our pic­ture, played by Daniel Kalu­uya, who is quite vi­o­lent, we un­der­stand his vi­o­lence in a way. In his last act of vi­o­lence he doesn’t even par­tic­i­pate, he’s that numb to the vi­o­lence, so it’s very im­por­tant to be as a re­spon­si­ble film­maker, for me at least, when I’m deal­ing with vi­o­lence and I’m deal­ing with peo­ple who are des­per­ate.”

He added: “I’ve got a daugh­ter, I’ve got a son. Even if I de­pict sex or vi­o­lence or drug use why, how what is al­ways in my mind.”

“Wid­ows is out in UK cin­e­mas now.

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