The Legend of Leigh Bowery

The Legend of Leigh Bowery

Director: Charles Atlas Cast: Boy George, Damien Hirst, Bella Freud


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Born to a middle-class family in suburban Australia, Leigh Bowery moved to London, England, in the early '80s with a desire to re-invent himself. Always fascinated with fashion and the expressive possibilities of clothing, Bowery quickly became a noted figure in London's image-obsessed "New Romantic" scene, where (as Marcus Bracewell put it) "getting ready [to go out] became an art form." While Bowery's elaborate creations were striking, Bowery designed clothing as an art form rather than as salable fashion items -- creating costumes for theater pieces, performance art pieces, or his own appearances at clubs, Bowery used clothing to confront, confuse and challenge those around him, rather than to simply adorn the body. Bowery later expanded on his philosophy and approach with his own nightclub, Taboo, and a musical group, Minty. Bowery died of AIDS-related illnesses in 1994, but this documentary -- which features interviews with his friends, family and colleagues, including Boy George, who has since staged a musical based in part on Bowery's life -- examines his life and times, as well as the lasting impact of his work. The Legend of Leigh Bowery received its world premiere in the spring of 2002 at the It's All True Documentary Film Festival on Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2004
UPC: 0031398159049
Original Release: 2001
Rating: NR
Source: Lions Gate
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:28:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Boy George Interviewee
Damien Hirst Interviewee
Bella Freud Interviewee
Michael Clark Interviewee
Rifat Ozbek Interviewee
Leigh Bowery Actor
Cerith Wyn Evans Interviewee
Norman Rosenthal Participant
Nicola Bowery Participant
Sue Tilley Participant
Rachel Auburn Participant
Bronwyn Bowery Participant
Tim Bowery Participant
Michael Bracewell Participant
Les Child Participant
Sophie Fiennes Participant
David Holah Participant
Lorcan O'Neill Participant
Richard Torry Participant
Donald Urquhart Participant

Technical Credits
Charles Atlas Director
John Avery Sound/Sound Designer
Sylvie Blum Executive Producer
Leigh Bowery Score Composer
Katherine Copeland Associate Producer
Ric Creaser Sound/Sound Designer
Jens Tang Cinematographer,Editor
David Minty Score Composer
Mike Nicholls Cinematographer
Lucy Sexton Producer
Richard Torry Score Composer

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