Mcqueen wants to be a ‘responsible film-maker’
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.