Steve McQueen and Michael Fassbender Reuniting for 'Shame'
by Alex Billington
September 8, 2010
I have openly admitted before that I didn't care for the art-house film Hunger, written & directed by British filmmaker Steve McQueen (not the classic actor, seen above left), but it was praised by many as one of the very best film of 2008 and I do admire what McQueen achieved (visually) in his feature debut. We've heard bits and pieces about his follow-up film, but now Variety has confirmed that McQueen will be reuniting with Michael Fassbender (who starred in Hunger) for a project that starts shooting in January titled Shame. Fassbender will play Brandon, a 30-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life.
Written by McQueen and Abi Morgan (Brick Lane), Shame will examine the nature of need, how people live their lives and react to the experiences that shape them. Although I didn't really like Hunger, I realize many cinephiles regard McQueen as one of the best up-and-coming filmmakers, which is why we're covering this. HanWay Films is handling sales and Iain Canning is producing through See-Saw Films with Film4. Canning says he's "thrilled" to be producing a McQueen film, who he described as a filmmaker "not afraid to turn a mirror on the world." And to tease you a bit more, HanWay's CEO says that "Shame will tell a modern story that is deeply honest and provocative." I'm actually curious to see how McQueen's second film turns out.