The highly anticipated second feature from artist-turned-filmmaker Steve McQueen reunites him with award-winning actor Michael Fassbender, also the lead in McQueen’s stunning 2008 debut Hunger. Filmed on location in New York, Fassbender gives a strong, confident performance as Brandon – a 30-something Manhattan executive living comfortably in the city balancing a busy job and active social life, which revolves around his impulsive sexual encounters. As Brandon moves from woman to woman, his sexual obsessions are displayed on screen in frank and visceral detail and it is only when his wayward sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) comes to stay that Brandon confronts his carefully managed but addictive lifestyle head-on. A truly compelling and courageous examination of the nature of need, the experiences that shape us, and the extremes of human behaviour.
Want to know if Shame is for you? Listen to our review of the film in the Cornerhouse podcast here.
Hear from the Director
And for those of you who were unable to get a ticket for our sell out Q&A with director Steve McQueen, you can watch the highlights here.