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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 »
NewsDesk:
(189 articles)
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A glittery glam-rock piece of slash fanfiction 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
Deborah Mannis-Gardner .... music coordinator (as Debra Mannis-Gardner)
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
Eric Kops .... publicist
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 Curt Wild character is mainly inspired by David Bowie's relationship with two American 1960's underground rockers whose careers Bowie resurrected, 'Iggy Pop(I)' and Lou Reed. Iggy Pop hailed from Michigan and shared Wild's long blond locks, while Reed underwent shock therapy for bisexuality as a teen and was rumored to have had an affair with Bowie before their falling out after Bowie produced Reed's album Transformer. Much central to the film is fictionalized such as the mythical, mysterious decade-long disappearance of "Slade", although he reincarnated himself as Tommy Stone, a blonde with a white suit (the 'thin white duke'). Bowie wasn't as huge of a star as Slade is depicted here and never withdrew for so long from the public-eye as did the film's character.See more »
Goofs:
Audio/visual unsynchronized: When Brian is onstage at the Sombrero Club and the members of the audience are clapping along with him to the music, the motions of their hands do not match the rhythm in the music.See more »
Quotes:
Curt Wild:Listen, a real artist creates beautiful things and puts nothing of his own life into them, OK?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Jubilee: A Time Less Golden (2003) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dead Finks Don't TalkSee more »

FAQ

What does Brian mouth to Curt in the recording studio that makes Curt so angry?
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101 out of 145 people found the following review useful.
A glittery glam-rock piece of slash fanfiction, 20 January 1999
Author: Kate Bolin from New Orleans

Slash Fanfiction is when a person writes a story involving two (usually) males characters from a television show or movie in a homoerotic romantic relationship. And this is what Velvet Goldmine is. A visually stunning, incredibly tasty piece of slash fanfiction. But instead of Kirk & Spock or Mulder & Krycek, it's someone who's a lot like David Bowie and someone who's a lot like Iggy Pop. Perhaps that appeals to you. Perhaps it doesn't. But despite its fanfiction feeling, this movie is absolutely visually stunning. The imagery will last with you long after you leave the movie, your eyes blinking as you adjust to a rather grey drab world. The movie isn't about substance, it's about style; about creating and rearranging yourself to fit the time, to fit the world around you. It's about fluidity, fluidity of gender, personality, ideas, and romance. Because, like all Slash fanfiction, above everything else, it's a love story.

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