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Velvet Goldmine -- A British newspaper reporter (Christian Bale) investigates the career of a glam rock star (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) and his relationship with an influential American musician (Ewan McGregor).

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Director:
Writers:
James Lyons (story) and
Todd Haynes (story) ...
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Release Date:
16 October 1998 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The secret to becoming a star is knowing how to behave like one See more »
Plot:
In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 4 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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(185 articles)
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Velvet Goldmine and Dorian Gray See more (312 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ewan McGregor ... Curt Wild

Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... Brian Slade

Christian Bale ... Arthur Stuart

Toni Collette ... Mandy Slade

Eddie Izzard ... Jerry Devine

Emily Woof ... Shannon

Michael Feast ... Cecil

Janet McTeer ... Female Narrator (voice)
Mairead McKinley ... Wilde Housemaid (as Maraid McKinley)
Luke Morgan Oliver ... Oscar Wilde, 8
Osheen Jones ... Jack Fairy, 7
Micko Westmoreland ... Jack Fairy
Damian Suchet ... BBC Reporter

Danny Nutt ... Kissing Sailor

Wash Westmoreland ... Young Man
Don Fellows ... Lou
Ganiat Kasumu ... Mary
Ray Shell ... Murray

Alastair Cumming ... Tommy Stone
Zoe Boyce ... Girl on the Subway
Jim Whelan ... Mr. Stuart
Sylvia Grant ... Mrs. Stuart
Tim Hans ... Manchester Teacher
Ryan Pope ... Arthur's Brother
Stuart Callaghan ... Boy in Record Shop 1
James Francis ... Boy in Record Shop 2
Callum Hamilton ... Brian Slade, 7
Lindsay Kemp ... Pantomime Dame
Carlos Miranda ... Pianist
Emma Handy ... Mod Girlfriend
Matthew Glamour ... Mimosa
Daniel Adams ... Curt Wild, 13
Bryan Torfeh ... Bartender (as Brian Torfeh)

Joseph Beattie ... Cooper
Sarah Cawood ... Angel
David Hoyle ... Freddi
Winston Austin ... Micky
Ivan Cartwright ... Cecil's Friend 1

Peter King ... Cecil's Friend 2
Justin Salinger ... Rodney
Roger Alborough ... Middle Age Man
Peter Bradley Jr. ... 30's Style Singer
Jonathan Cullen ... Reporter 1
William Key ... Reporter 2
Vincent Marzello ... US Reporter 1

Corey Skaggs ... US Reporter 2
Nathan Osgood ... US Reporter 3
Nadia Williams ... Teenage Girl
Brian Molko ... Malcolm (Flaming Creatures)

Antony Langdon ... Ray (Flaming Creatures)

Xavior ... Pearl (Flaming Creatures)
Steve Hewitt ... Billy (Flaming Creatures)
Guy Leverton ... Trevor (The Venus in Furs)
Vinney Reck ... Reg (The Venus in Furs)
Keith-Lee Castle ... Harley (The Venus in Furs)
Eden Ford ... Bass Guitar (The Wild Ratz) (as Alan Fordham)
Jono McGrath ... Lead Guitar (The Wild Ratz)
Perry Clayton ... Drummer (The Wild Ratz)
Donna Matthews ... Polly Small (Polly Small's Band)
Ritz ... Lead Guitar (Polly Small's Band)
Stefan Olsdal ... Bass Guitar (Polly Small's Band)
Trevor Sharpe ... Drummer (Polly Smalls band)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ralph Morse ... Rhythm Guitarist (uncredited)
Deborah Wise ... Glam Rock Kid (uncredited)

Directed by
Todd Haynes 
 
Writing credits
James Lyons (story) and
Todd Haynes (story)

Todd Haynes (written by)

Produced by
Christopher Ball .... co-executive producer (as Chris J. Ball)
Scott Meek .... executive producer
Sandy Stern .... executive producer
Olivia Stewart .... co-producer
Michael Stipe .... executive producer
William Tyrer .... co-executive producer
Christine Vachon .... producer
Bob Weinstein .... executive producer
Harvey Weinstein .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Carter Burwell 
Craig Wedren 
 
Cinematography by
Maryse Alberti 
 
Film Editing by
James Lyons 
 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
 
Production Design by
Christopher Hobbs 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Munro 
 
Costume Design by
Sandy Powell 
 
Makeup Department
Nuala Conway .... crowd makeup artist
Peter King .... hair designer
Peter King .... makeup designer
John Munro .... assistant hair stylist
John Munro .... assistant makeup artist
Kirstie Stanway .... assistant hair stylist
Kirstie Stanway .... assistant makeup artist
Liz Tagg .... assistant hair stylist
Liz Tagg .... assistant makeup artist
 
Production Management
Wendy Broom .... unit manager
Chris Catterall .... executive in charge of production: Zenith
Pamela Koffler .... executive in charge of production: Killer Films
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Phil Booth .... second second assistant director
Andi Brown .... second assistant director
Mark Fenn .... third assistant director
Waldo Roeg .... first assistant director
Jon Williams .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Mark Baldwin .... scenic artist
George Ball .... property master
Graham Caulfield .... drapesmaster
Colin Ellis .... dressing props
Andy Evans .... construction manager
Hugh Fottrell .... stand-by propman
Simon Hague .... scenic artist
Sean Hedges-Quinn .... propmaker
Paul Purdy .... chargehand stand-by props
Amy Beth Silver .... art director: additional photography
Howard Weaver .... scenic artist
 
Sound Department
Ajae Clearway .... assistant sound editor
Steve Finn .... sound assistant
Dan Korintus .... dialogue editor
Peter Lindsay .... sound recordist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Michael W. Mitchell .... sound effects editor
David Novack .... sound re-recording mixer
Eliza Paley .... supervising sound editor
Donna Powell .... foley artist
Malcolm Rose .... sound maintenance
Paul P. Soucek .... supervising sound editor
Daniel Ward .... sound editing intern
 
Special Effects by
James McKeown .... special effects technician
Richard Van Den Bergh .... special effects supervisor
Chris Trice .... senior model maker (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Martin Body .... optical cameraman
Jason Chalmers .... model maker
Eric Person .... digital compositor
Richard Thomas .... model maker
Kitty Veevers .... digital compositor
David Smith .... optical cameraman (uncredited)
John Swinnerton .... motion control cameraman: Peerless Camera Company (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Rob Inch .... stunts
Glenn Marks .... stunts (as Glen Marks)
Rod Woodruff .... stunts (as Roderick Woodruff)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Joe Arcidiacono .... camera operator
Richard Broome .... grip
Terry Eden .... best boy
Danny Espey .... electrician
Simon Finney .... focus puller
Sam Levy .... assistant camera
Zac Nicholson .... clapper loader
Gary Nolan .... lighting technician
Nigel Permane .... assistant camera: model unit
Chris Plevin .... director of photography: second unit
Larry S. Prinz .... gaffer (as Larry Prinz)
Laurie Shane .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Kate Bryden .... casting assistant
Ali Farrell .... casting associate: USA
Laura Rosenthal .... casting: USA
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Suzanne Barnes .... assistant costume buyer
Lee Clayton .... costume cutter
Lee Clayton .... tailor
Joe Kowalewski .... wardrobe assistant
Debbie Scott .... assistant costume designer
Sunita Singh .... costume assistant
Clare Spragge .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Regan Avery .... apprentice editor
Brad Katz .... Avid effects
Myron I. Kerstein .... assistant editor
Mia Lee .... apprentice editor
Lynn True .... post-production assistant
Shelly Westerman .... assistant film editor
 
Music Department
Jim Dunbar .... music maven
Todd Kasow .... music editor
Annette Kudrak .... music editor
Tristin Norwell .... music recordist
Randall Poster .... music supervisor
 
Other crew
Lea Anderson .... choreographer
René Brar .... production assistant
John Eccleston .... assistant accountant
Daniel Falcone .... research intern
Angela Frye .... voice looping
Ryan Green .... production assistant
Neil Hobbs .... research intern
Tamiz J. Kanji .... production assistant
Rachel Kittner .... assistant film conformist
Sheryl Leonardo .... production accountant
Wendy Lilly .... production coordinator
June McDonald .... script supervisor
Gina Meyers .... production staff
John Nixon .... dog handler
Tristan Parker .... stand-in
David Pinnington .... location manager
Tracy Rowe .... assistant production executive: Zenith
Jonathan Scott .... stand-in
Bradford Simpson .... assistant production executive: Killer Films
David Torn .... solo guitar & textures
Jane Trower .... first assistant accountant
Romany Turner .... assistant to director and producer
Wash Westmoreland .... stand-in
Karrie Melendrez .... story analyst (uncredited)
Derek Yip .... production assistant: development (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Brian A. Kates .... special thanks
Jack Lechner .... special thanks
Oren Moverman .... special thanks
Lauren Zalaznick .... special thanks
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and drug use
Runtime:
124 min
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Language:
Color:
Color (Rankcolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:18 | Australia:MA | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia) | Canada:R (Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Finland:K-12 | France:U | Germany:12 | Iceland:14 (original rating) | Iceland:16 (video rating) | New Zealand:R16 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/16 | South Korea:18 | Spain:13 | Sweden:11 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 (original rating) | UK:15 (video rating) (1999) | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The singer performing a lounge version of Roxy Music's "Bitters End" is 'Peter Bradley Jr' from the band Subcircus, a last minute replacement for Roland Gift from the Fine Young Cannibals.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: The clear acoustic guitar heard during the "Death of Glitter" was played by Ralph Morse, but is unseen on stage.See more »
Quotes:
Reporter:So you're saying you're bisexual?
Guy:Yeah, I like boys and girls, they're all great! There's really no difference is there? Mr. BBC.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Hole (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
LadytronSee more »

FAQ

What does Brian mouth to Curt in the recording studio that makes Curt so angry?
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129 out of 178 people found the following review useful.
Velvet Goldmine and Dorian Gray, 5 October 2004

Even if I didn't think this movie was fantastic (which I do), I would have to be impressed with the incorporation of Oscar Wilde, his fascination with the decadence of pop culture, and his brilliant philosophies concerning art.

At the end of the film, when Arthur Stuart sits to have a drink with Curt Wylde (Oh look! A play on Oscar!, Wylde looks up and tells him that, "The true artist creates beautiful things, and puts none of his own life into them". This is one of the several scenes in which Oscar Wilde is referenced subtly, seamlessly and beautifully.

Curt is not simply Iggy Pop. He is Oscar Wilde. He is the true artist of the crowd, because he creates music without using the art as a form of autobiography.

Brian Slade is Dorian Gray. He invests all of his persona into the public, and into his songs, trapping himself in an expectation. The alter-ego Maxwell Demon is eternal youth. It is the embodiment of Slade in a single moment. Unfortunately, he traps himself, and leaves no room for growth. The shooting accomplishes two things. Slade arranging this pseudo-murder is Dorian gray destroying his portrait. At first Dorian was intrigued, even excited by the changes he saw in the painting. Then it began to wear on him. So with Slade/ Demon. The hoax liberates Slade the way death does Gray. Also, This secures Maxwell Demon a place in history. Brian Slade was a pop-star who was too controversial and too personally naked in his work to have any real longevity. The hype would have faded, and if he changed or grew as a person, that would have meant changing everything about his art (as they were so interlocked) and would have led to cries of "sell out". Either way, he would have faded out and been likely forgotten (the way Britney Spears will hopefully do one day). By enacting this faux death, Slade guarantees Maxwell Demon some form of eternal youth, trading in his career to do so (selling his soul).

There's more, as well. Jerry Devine, for instance, is Lord Henry. Mandy is Sybil Vane. They aren't exact, of course, and there are other veins running through them that make them unique, but one can see the influence.

Beautifully done, and a well paid tribute to the genius of Oscar Wilde!

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